First Thursday Networking Club – Preston @Stratos Restaurant & Bar
I arrived at Stratos Restaurant and Bar around 16:50 and set up in a quiet corner to complete some work. Power, WiFi, nice ambiance – a great satellite office.
The first group of networkers arrived at 17:20 – time for me to close the office. Within the next few minutes a steady stream of guest flowed in and registered by the door.
The atmosphere was lively and charged. The sponsors, Begbies Traynor, provided refreshments and Tapas, which all added to the feel good factor of this event.
Sticking to my proven plan, I greeted my connections and asked to be introduced to their work colleges and associates.
Gayle Eccles RMS Tenon introduced me to one of the Partners in the firm Chris Moss. Louise Powell introduced me to Chris Hoy MD Insignis, Nathanial Cassidy MD 3Man Factory introduced me to Andrew Leeming LCC. All my new introductions have agreed to a 1:2:1 meeting, most probably over coffee, within the next 10/14 days.
As people began to leave, those left seemed to pool in one area of the bar. This had the effect of creating a second wave of energy. The atmosphere became very light hearted with banter back and forth. Several people were meeting for the first time. I’m sure a ‘team building coach’ would have felt a great sense of satisfaction if they had engineered this interaction. More business cards were exchanged.
Eventually I reached my expiry time and bid the last few left standing good bye. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2nd First Thursday outing and feel sure that it will lead to more friendships as well as more business. I can’t think of a more enjoyable and effective way to grow a business than networking with like minded people in salubrious surroundings. Well done to the organisers.
Does anyone else have a success storey to share?
A Few Of My New Introductions