Online Speed Networking
The team at iHubbub successfully ran our first online speed networking event and were thrilled with the positive feedback. A bunch of keen members took time out from their busy start up business to meet other members across the globe - all done online.
Pitch Your Business
Offline networking (ie. the traditional breakfast, lunch and early evening sessions in a public location of some sort) has long been a popular method for start ups, home and small businesses to generate new client leads. Look at our eBook on how to be successful at offline networking.
Now you can also network from the comfort of your own home office with iHubbub! We might even be the first to offer an online networking facility!
With our new online speed networking sessions, all of a sudden you’ve gone from local to national, maybe even international!
We want to build our speed networking sessions into regular events so that as many members as possible get the chance to attend and pitch the products and services they provide.
The idea is that each attendee has 1 minute to pitch their business and while you do this your member profile is on screen for all to see. This way other speed networking attendees can contact with you after the event!
iHubbub will be launching it first online speed networking session in February.
This is how it will work:
- About two weeks before the start of each event we’ll announce its date and time. Check this out in the Community/Events area.
- It will be booked on a first come first served basis.
- The date & time will be as ‘friendly’ as possible, say 12.00pm on a Tuesday – Thursday.
- We will keep the initial meetings to 45-60 minutes.
- When booking you will complete details about your business using you iHubbub profile details
- Your business profile details, including contact information, will be made available to other attendees.
- At the event you will be given ONE minute to give your pitch (about 150 words!).
- Everyone will pitch in rotation.
- It will be left down to attendees to voluntarily contact each other after the event
- Any booking no-shows may restrict your ability to join future sessions!
Online Speed Networking
Title: November's iHubbub Online Speed Networking For Homebusiness And Freelancers
Date: Thursday, 28th November 2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM GMT
Book your place now, only a limited number of places are available.
Clearly state your name and your business’s name
- What does your business do?
- What are your main products & services?
- What client problems does your business/products/services solve?
- What benefits do your product/services deliver to your clients?
- What type of projects/clients are you looking for?
- Why choose you – state any offers/guarantees/samples-trials that you give
Remember, when you are not talking and you're in listening mode, make brief notes on the other pitches as only very brief contact details are handed out later on.
Even though Laurel Robbins, who lives in Munich, in Germany was 1272 kilometers away from iHubbub, she still attended and said: “Congratulations on a first successful iHubbub Online Speed Networking. I think it's a great opportunity for business owners to network, and make contacts that they wouldn't otherwise make.”
Nicola King who joined in from the hills of Fife in Scotland said afterwards that she thought the online networking session was excellent: “Living up here can be difficult to get to really high quality networking events, particularly with fuel prices going ever-higher. With a business like mine, which is largely based online, it makes sense to do the networking with an online, global group. And, of course, the fact that you don't have to ‘put your face on’ or change out of your slippers is a total bonus!”
Networking in your slippers is great fun!
With members from across the globe joining in, Nicola was amazed to meet another Fife resident, Annie Harrower-Gray, who also happens to be a writer. Nicola added: “I really enjoyed having the opportunity to pitch my business, and really happy to be part of iHubbub. It's just what I need to feel properly part of a community, which can be hard when you work alone.”
Co-Founder of iHubbub, Paula Wynne said: “The best part is that you don’t need to dolly yourself up, you can stay unshaven and in your jim-jams … no one will know! In this cold weather I was warm and toastie in my fleecy slippers. Beats standing at networking events in cold, high heels any day!”
Annie openly admitted during the networking that she too was in her slippers. Afterwards Annie said: “I’m not very good at selling myself, although pretty good at selling other people, that's why I'm attending these online networking sessions. I think this is a great concept which will become a great success.”
What are you waiting for? Go sign up now ...
See you there!