Workshop to sharpen your networking skills

Belinda Bantham -- Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:49

Workshop to sharpen your networking skills 

The saying goes that no man is an island, and this sentiment especially rings true when it comes to business networking. And with this in mind, it is important for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs to ensure that their networking skills are on par to benefit from the advantages of active business networks.

On Wednesday, 28 February 2018, the bhive EDC (Enterprise Development Centre) at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark, will be hosting a workshop on effective networking. Through this initiative the bhive EDC – which functions under the auspices of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences – aims to empower entrepreneurs and members of the community to not only establish quality networks but also to maintain these networks to ensure longevity.

According to Annelie Steenkamp, a member of the bhive EDC’s management team, effective networking can tip the scales from failure to success. “It often happens that entrepreneurs are so focused on selling their product or service that they unintentionally neglect to network,” says Annelie and adds that networking is a valuable way to expand your expertise, learn from the success of others, attain new clients and tell others about your business. She furthermore explains that the quality of a business network far outweighs the number of networks you might have at your disposal.

The benefits of quality networks

“The days of starting a business and assuming that your clientele will follow, is something of the past, “says Annelie and adds that in today’s competitive market, quality networks directly influences a business’s bottom line. A quality network of influence can have the following impact:

  • Create opportunities to collaborate with and, expand your market footprint
  • Identify new or additional business partners
  • Build trust
  • Develop a support system with people who share a similar passion and determination
  • Expand your knowledge and skillset

Book your seat today

For more information or to book your seat, contact the bhive EDC by sending an email to bhive@nwu.ac.za or by calling 016 910 3393. The cost of the workshop amounts to R100 per person.