On April 23, in Mississauga, we are running another "Knocking Down Silos" and inviting the Life Science Community to attend. Many of the industry associates I know use "Knocking down Silos" as a business development tool. Can I show you how to do this as well?
It may help you get more sales or receive that great job offer. If you have been to a "Knocking down Silos" event, you know it is an interactive evening that reviews the basics of proper networking behavior. Hundreds of people show up to learn how to increase their effectiveness in the business (and personal) world.
Every 20 minutes, people have to turn to the person next to them and ask key questions (e.g. "what's your biggest challenge and how can I help you?). Who would you like sitting next to you when they ask you that question? Then invite them!
1. Download the PDF of the April 23 Event. This event is filling fast, please ensure you have registered.
2. Send the PDF to people you either know or wish to get to know better. These could be clients, prospects, key industry people, potential bosses. Many people in life science know the importance of networking but have never been shown how to do it.
You can simply forward the email with your endorsement.
Here's an paraphrased email I saw come across my desk from Peter West:
Normally I don’t send out these types of flyers to marketing events, but I will make an exception for Howlett’s talk on networking skills called “Knocking down Silos”
Here's another on a bulletin board by Jim Love – another "good guy!"
If you haven't seen Howlett on Networking, you have missed something . You may still be able to get seats. Mention my name. It might help.
OR You can ask a few clients to come as your personal guests. Of course, you will need to pick up the entry fee.
3. Sit next to your key people and watch what happens.The best part of this strategy is that even if your people can't make it to KDS, getting an invitation from you lets them know you were thinking about them. (it keeps you top of mind). And that's one of the best ways to get great word of mouth…offering value when you touch someone… being an "A" friend!
Below are a few emails that you may get from your clients afterwards.
I really enjoyed Dave's talk and I learned some very useful ways of thinking about how I interact with people. Thanks for sending me the invitation.
I am writing this email to thank you for inviting me to Dave's Talk. It was a wonderful, professional, and enthusiastic presentation in McMaster University last night. Networking has always been a little scary for me. I always have a hard time knowing where to start and what approach to take. I am definitely going to be giving out more compliments now!
Thanks for bugging me to go. That was an amazing speech Tuesday night. Man, it was as long as a feature Hollywood film! It's amazing that he can find enough content to keep people engaged like that.