Gladstone groups aim for record network meeting

OPINION: Gladstone's Biggest Ever Network Meeting provides an opportunity like no other for businesses to promote and to build networking relationships with likeminded people.

Networking can be defined as "a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest".

In Gladstone, an extremely common interest is business growth and survival. This is the basis that the networking event was built upon.

The aim is to help local business owners and operators build the necessary relationships that will be vital to the growth of businesses in Gladstone.

For those who are apprehensive about coming along to the event, we have come up with the 10 simple tips for networking:

1. All attendees will be aiming to promote their business - don't be backwards in coming forwards.

2. Relax, have fun and smile.

3. Hand out your business card or your contact details with pride.

4. Talk about what your business does.

5. Look your best but be comfortable.

6. Ask questions.

7. Be your genuine self.

8. Be positive.

9. If you find positivity hard - fake it until you make it.

10. Most importantly - follow up, make contact again after the event.

The structure of the event will see attendees constantly moving around to meet other business owners and operators.

Representatives from the 3Gs (Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gladstone Engineering Alliance and Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd) will be walking the room to provide help to anyone who needs it.

The event will be held at the Gladstone Events Centre, Barney Point, this Friday, August 14, from 5.30pm.