Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn happen to be some of my favorite social networking websites. It’s great to keep in touch with friends, family, and business clients through the internet. In fact, you’re all invited to join my social networking groups. (For LinkedIn, use email firstname.lastname@example.org). Just be sure to include a little note about yourself with your requests.
However, I think we all may be forgetting that face-to-face networking is still an important part of lead generating. This morning I was invited to attend a business networking group here locally and I’m excited to be part of it. I met some great like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs that are willing to work together to grow each other’s businesses.
There something special about meeting people in person, especially when you see the same people at different venues and different networking events. You remember their smiles and personalities.
One of the greatest things about being small business owners and entrepreneurs is that, in most cases, we are able to choose who we do business with. In fact, for me, when I meet a new potential business contact and start get to know him or her, I’m really trying to make the decision of whether this person and I will be able to connect and work effectively together toward a common goal.
While, all of this trust can certainly be developed online over several weeks of Facebook updates, the same connection can take place in about 30 seconds or less in a face-to-face meeting.
Happy networking both online and off!