business networking in Bournemouth

New WIBN Tool Box

September always has a 'new term' feel to it and just as schoolchildren gather and make new friends, plenty of fresh faces were welcomed at our Portsmouth local business network meeting.

With 21 in the room, Chair Carol McFadden made sure the one minute slots did not overrun, before online marketeer and Chair of Southampton City and Bournemouth groups, Joannah Bishop, gave a 10-minute presentation on the new WIBN Tool Box.

Currently being rolled out across the groups, it has been designed to help us make the most out of our membership, and information will be posted on the regional website once Jo has visited all the groups.

"Remember, the smile you give out is the smile you receive," said Jo, who reminded us 'it's been a tough five years for business and we're all still here', before looking at WIBN, letter by letter.

W Win, because our groups are all about new ideas and shared experience, whether you are a 'hunter' or a 'farmer' in your approach to business.
I Invest in your business, learn and grow with it.
B Believe in your business and services.
NNetworking is based on Trust, Like and Respect, and If we encourage conversation, develop good listening skills, engage with others and connect (not just in meetings but through one-to-ones), referrals will increase, in effect turning our professional network into a highly effective sales and marketing team.

The spotlight slot is an opportunity to shine, but for those new to networking it can be a scary unknown. However, the confidence gained through WIBN enables members to become ready volunteers, women who are eager to share business expertise and knowledge.

New term, new ideas... Belinda Butler has a new 90-day focus programme to assist clients in looking and feeling better, which includes access to all her fitness classes, whilst confidence coach Maggie Currie is working on a book having travelled to Australia recently.

Of eight visitors, Susan Chase (who works in microelectronics) and Teresa Manning (lettings and estate agent) intend to join. Teresa sat next to solicitor Kirsten Edberg, who was subbing for our usual Jane Cox, and plans to recommend her to a contact, illustrating the value of sending a substitute if you cannot attend, or at least submitting a 'minute' to be read out.

Let's Talk Business revealed a marvellous mix of collaborations and referrals, including:

• Lizz Clarke has moved her personal banking after learning more from Debbie Bransom, gained an enviable 3% interest on her current account, and used Lorraine Orridge for a client's print job.
• Debbie has tapped into members for a forthcoming Santander client networking event – featured speakers include Lizz and Belinda, connections Debbie's said she would not have made without WIBN.
• Jo Bishop reminded us that referrals are what WIBN is all about and recommended Solent visitor Sue Hughes for all types of copywriting, from blogs and news to corporate communications.

To visit the WIBN website, click here.

To find out more about WIBN memberships, click here.

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