Had just ended the Day 1 of StoryDrive Asia - The Singapore Publishing Symposium at the Arts House. A good event to learn and to rub shoulders with top experts in the industry. One of the session the organiser conducted was the 'speed-dating' where we had chance to meet with potential partners.
Speed-dating is a very good platform for you to widen your network. Here is a 5-Step Business Speed-Dating tips you can apply at this platform (when you are facing 1-to-1):
Step 1: Pre-Identify what are your goals (for my case; my top 3 goals would be: (1) to find potential distributors partners, (2) to find potential event/conference planners (so I can work with for future speaking engagements), (3) any other business opportunities that could help bring my business to the next level
Step 2: Introduce yourself (prepare your 30 sec elevator pitch). This is where you exchange namecards.
Step 3: Offer your help to the other person first. eg " How can I help you meeting your goals/ objectives". If you are not able to meet their objectives, probably you know of someone who could. So, it's still useful.
Step 4: After listening their needs, now it's your turn to share with him/ her your needs/ objectives.
Step 5: Conclude your conversation, and thank the other person. And remember to drop a follow-up email within 24-48 hours.
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~ Hazriq Idrus is a Business Creativity and Speaking Strategist. He is the author of "The Stage Fright Antidote and co-authored two other books. Hazriq founded The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd with a mission to empower professionals maximise their potentials, performance & productivity at the workplace through his signature high-energy, transformational theatre-based & experiential corporate training programmes.
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The Speaking Factory is founded by Hazriq Idrus, Asia's Trusted Applied Creativity and Public Speaking Strategist. He is the author of The Stage Fright Antidote and co-authored four other books. His mission is to help professionals & entrepreneurs cultivate a culture of team creativity & communicate with impact to achieve organisational outcomes.
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