What does structured networking mean?
Structured networking simply means that the event follows a set format.
With Toast Networking, structured doesn’t mean formal. Far from it. Come along and check us out.
Isn’t networking all about people selling at you?
No, definitely not. At least, not at Toast.
We’re about forging great relationships – and that takes time. You’re more likely to do business with someone you know, like and trust. So, Toast will give you an ideal opportunity to get to understand your fellow members; and likewise, for them to get to know YOU.
What do I need to bring?
Your business cards, or other marketing material. It may be a good idea to bring along a notebook and pen so you can make some notes and follow up with other members and guests afterwards.
Oh, and your diary. Fellow Toasties may want to arrange a face-to-face meeting with you.
Who’s going to be there?
All our members’ details are on this website. Have a look at our Member Directory. However, you’ll be in good company with other guests and first-timers. Make sure you ask for business cards from the people you’d like to follow up with.
You’ll meet other business owners across a wide range of industry sectors. Also, we welcome partners and employees from professional services firms (for example, accountants and lawyers), as well as those representing local charities.
What’s expected of me?
As a guest you will be invited to present yourself in our WWW Round – who you are, what do you do and what you are looking for. You have 60 seconds to tell us all – you might want to start practising now!
And…have fun. At Toast, we laugh a lot.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable and professional in. There’s no dress code, but most of our members veer towards smart. It goes without saying that it’s an opportunity to put your best foot forward.
(Obviously, if you’re a tradesperson, this may not apply if you’re off to work immediately afterwards.)
How will I know that it works?
That depends what you mean. If you’re expecting to “make a sale” at your first meeting, you WILL be disappointed. It could take time to develop and grow your business through networking. Think about giving rather than receiving. Then, networking will definitely work.