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21 Networking Hot Spots

21 Networking Hot Spots

By: Shama Hyder

Networking is still the number # 1 way to meet new prospects, get referrals, and build up your business. Here is a list of 21 networking hot spots:

1) Chamber of Commerce– A tried and true spot.

2) Any Business Journal Event- These are events sponsored by your local business journal. Think power breakfasts and educational seminars.

3) Meetups.com- There is a local meet up for almost every topic. Find one that you like or start your own!

4) Networking clubs- These exist for the sole purpose of giving and getting referrals. Hint: start by giving.

5) College alumni groups- You already share common ground!

6) Educational groups- Toastmaster’s, foreign language study groups, educational seminars. All great places to meet like minded individuals.

7) Civic organizations– Rotary, Elks, Kiwanis, Lions. Clubs named after animals. = )

8 ) Cultural events– Museum showings, library book clubs, symphonies.

9) Charity groups- Volunteer to help behind the scenes. You may be surprised at all the great people you meet.

10) Trade groups or professional association- One place to learn about your company, your competition, and your clients.

11) The airplane– Get to know your seat mates. It’s great one-on-one networking practice.

12) Neighborhood associations- Get to know your neighbors…and gain access to who they know.

13) Happy hour- Good way to meet people in a relaxed environment…just don’t get too relaxed.

14) Parents of your children’s friends- Don’t overlook this important networking opportunity.

15) Health clubs- Don’t underestimate the power of a workout. You can lose weight and make friends.

16) Private clubs– Do your research and find one that attracts the type of clientelle you wish to serve.

17) Coffee or lunch- I always meet interesting people at Starbucks and Whole Foods. Don’t be afraid to say hi to new people.

18) Trade shows- A great way to find joint venture partners and learn more about what’s new in your industry.

19) Conferences- Conferences are educational and provide great networking opportunities.

20) Religious or spiritual organizations- Churches, synagogues, life-centers- establish yourself in the community.

21) Dog parks- Leverage your pets to meet with other professionals and fellow pet-lovers.

Care to add more to the list? Click on the comments link up top and share away!

ABOUT SHAMA HYDER

She is the founder & CEO of Zen Media. She has been named the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by FastCompany.com. Forbes, Businessweek, and Inc have all recognized her as one of the Top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in the field of marketing. Shama has built a global audience and is known for helping brands succeed in the digital age. She is a bestselling author, an international keynote speaker, and has been named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Marketing for four years in a row. Learn More

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