Factors to Consider Before Getting Building Insurance

Before you invest in an insurance policy to cover both your business and the valuable items contained inside, there are a few important factors to consider. While all building insurance policies operate in largely the same way, there are a few customizations you can make to have one better suit your needs. When considering a policy to purchase, finding out what it doesn’t cover is just as important as finding out what it does. Nobody wants to think about what it would be like to lose his or her entire business due to a disaster like a fire. Doing so is an important step in being proactive and making sure that you will be covered in the event that something unfortunate does occur.

Before selecting a policy, it is important to think about what types of optional coverage you may need. Most building insurance policies don’t include provisions for flood damage, for example. Remember that just because flooding may be unlikely in your area doesn’t guarantee it won’t occur. An event doesn’t have to be a traditional flood (which would involve the swelling of a nearby body of water and the damage that occurred as a result) to be deemed flood-related damage by an insurance provider. If your area experienced heavy rains and the sewer drains around your business backed up, for example, water could leak into an underground level of your business or come up through the pipes and damage valuable items and equipment. Though you may not consider that type of event to be a traditional flood, your insurance company would and would also use it as a basis to deny your claim in the event that you didn’t have optional coverage.

If you’re worried about how much money building insurance is going to cost, consider investing and making repairs to try to lower some of the costs. Building insurance providers charge premiums based on two different factors. The first is how likely an event is to occur and what type of damage will occur as a result. If you live in an area with a high crime rate, for example, a common type of building damage in your area would be burglary or larceny. As a result, you would pay more for those types of coverage than someone in another area would because there is a statistically higher chance of them happening where your business is located. However, you can combat some of these rising costs by taking steps to make your building safer. If you live in such a high crime area, consider installing security cameras that link to a third party location or the local authorities. You can make the same types of preventative modifications for other types of disasters, too. If you install a sprinkler system or a fire alarm system on your property, for example, your building will be deemed safer and you will pay less for fire-related coverage.

Another factor to consider are the types of optional coverage that you should invest in based on the type of building you operate. If you own an apartment complex, for example, you will need a policy that offers a certain amount of liability coverage. Find out how much liability coverage an average tenant needs in your area and multiply that dollar amount by the total amount of tenants you have. If you own a retail business, add up the value of the inventory that you keep on hand on an average day and use it to adjust your policy limits for those types of damages. Finding out which types of optional coverage you should invest in will help make sure you get not only a financially attractive policy but one that will cover you in the event that something unexpected happens, as well.

Types of Unsecured Personal Loans

Even consumers who practice careful spending habits can sometimes find themselves in financial trouble. Unexpected expenses such as car repair bills or medical costs can strain your budget and leave you wondering how you will make ends meet. Fortunately, there are several types of a secured personal loans in the UK that can help you through difficult financial times. It is important to consider these loans carefully to ensure that you are choosing the right type of loan for you.

Payday Loans

A payday loan is a short term loan that can help you through a financial emergency. The process of qualifying for this type of loan is relatively simple and typically requires little documentation. For this reason, you might be able to obtain approval or a payday loan and receive the funds you need in as few as one or two days. In some cases, you can even obtain a payday loan without a credit check or income verification.

Before opting for a payday loan, you should consider the drawbacks of this option. In most cases, you will have to repay the loan amount, plus interest, within one or two weeks after you receive the funds. Although this might be appropriate for a financial emergency, a payday loan might not help you if you anticipate that your financial needs will last for a longer amount of time. Also, compared to other types of unsecured personal loans, payday loans typically come with high interest rates. You might have to pay 25% interest or higher in addition to the principle amount for the privilege of borrowing money for just a week or two.

Personal Bank Loans

A personal bank loan is issued by a bank or other financial institution instead of by a payday lender. This type of loan is generally designed for longer-term financial needs – depending on your circumstances, you might be able to borrow the funds for five years or longer. This might be an appropriate option if you want to consolidate existing debts or anticipate that your recurring extra expenses will last longer than a few weeks.

Banks and financial institutions require substantially more documentation than payday lenders when evaluating applicants. You will likely need to provide verification of your income and expenses, as well as documentation of your personal assets and other debts you owe. You will also have to fill out a lengthy application and may have to meet with a personal lender in order to receive approval for your loan.

Compared to payday loans, interest rates for personal bank loans are typically low. This option can help you obtain the long-term funds you need without costing you a small fortune in interest charges. Of course, this type of unsecured loan typically requires a thorough review of your credit history. The interest rate you obtain a for a personal bank loan can vary significantly depending on the length of your credit history and whether you have made your other account payments on time.

Unsecured Credit Cards

If you don’t want to deal with the extensive approval requirements of a personal bank loan, but don’t want to pay the high interest charges of a payday loan, an unsecured credit card might be the right option for you. Depending on your credit score, you might be able to obtain a credit card with an APR of as low as 12.99%. If you have a flawless credit history and a high credit score, you might even be able to obtain a credit card with a 0% introductory rate. This allows you to borrow the money you need without paying interest charges for nine months to a year.

Regardless of which option you choose, it is essential that you assess your ability to repay the unsecured loan. Missed payments can cause you to incur hefty late fees that can make your loan even more difficult to repay. If you fall behind by three or more payments, the lender can consider your loan in default and may demand immediate repayment in full. In addition to the financial implications of missing payments, you will also have to deal with collections activity, such as phone calls and letters, initiated by your lender. For this reason, you should review your finances carefully before agreeing to any type of loan.

7 Effective Strategies on Marketing Your Business Locally

When I was studying for my business degree and before eVision Media was formed, I was in need of an outlet to be around other like-minded women. Years previous I was a member of the local Valley Women’s Network so revisited their luncheons.

Even though funds were very tight at the time, it was important for me to have some human interaction – even if only once a month.

Little did I know, going to these meetings ended up being the catalyst for eVision Media’s birth.

During this time I connected with women entrepreneurs who where either eager to start a new business or take their business to the next level. Being the former webmaster for the Vancouver Sun and Province, it was a natural thing for them to ask me questions about branding and websites. I was more than happy to share my knowledge.

Eventually conversations evolved into them hiring me so they could get the help they wanted with their marketing presence.

The Benefits of Buying an Established Business

The next thing I knew I was in business as a web developer!

That was over 12 years ago and I’m proud to say a handful of those women are still clients today.

I have to smile when I think about it because I really had no intention of starting my own business. I was going back to school with the idea of landing a CIO position somewhere.

Turns out my calling was much more important than that – helping business owners realize their dream.

The Many Benefits of Attending Local Live Events

Fast forward to present day, I still value the connections made when attending networking and other similar events.

Recently I was in Vernon attending the WOW-Woman of Worth Conference where I had an opportunity to get to know many incredible women I would never have met otherwise. (I was inspired to write these networking tips while there.)

I am also a member of the Business Professional Women’s Group and attend meetings in Langley and Abbotsford.

The connections found at events like these have been invaluable – not only professionally but also personally.

Social Media and Online Marketing is Not the Only Way to Generate New Business

Sometimes with Social Media and online marketing being so prevalent we forget about our own back yard and the opportunities available to us. All we have to do is simply step away from the computer and check them out.

My business was literally created by connecting with people locally.

And just because Social Media has taken over the online networking landscape, doesn’t mean there’s any less value in building your business at that grass-roots level.

Do you market your business in your hometown?

If hiding behind your computer has become the norm for you, I encourage you to explore local opportunities to get better known in your home town.
Here’s seven tips, ideas and suggestions on how you can take advantage of generating business through local efforts:

1. Network where your target market is hanging out. First be clear on WHO that target market is and then do some research on where they gather.

This is an easy one if you are a B2B business like eVision Media; there’s plenty of networking groups available tailored for that crowd.

But you might have to look at other shared interests. For instance, if your target market is very health conscious, join a popular yoga group and get to know those people who attend.

2. Volunteer at community groups. Volunteering in community groups are a great way to boost your visibility. Not only are they a great way to give back to your community but also an excellent way for you to showcase your skills and expertise.

Do a search for groups that could use your skillset. A great example is if you are a bookkeeper or accountant – volunteer to be the bookkeeper for the group.

3. Create your own Meet-up. Setting up local, more casual events on a subject you know would be of interest to your target market is a great way to build your brand visibility.

These types of gatherings can be very beneficial to the attendees where you can offer something of value to them and showcase your expertise at the same time.

4. Set up a trade show booth. Many trade shows have thousands of visitors. They are a great way to build your brand visibility and bring more awareness to your business offerings with the local crowd.

Set up a professional display and strike up conversations with those showing interest in what you are offering.

Be sure to have a way for them to get onto your mailing list by offering a draw or free giveaway. Just be sure they check off a box giving permission to receive your regular newsletters.

5. Join the local Chamber of Commerce. Even if your target market is not business owners, there are still plenty of great reasons for you to get to know other business owners in your area by joining your local chamber.

Not only can they be a great referral source for you, but they are still people who could be interested in what you have to offer at a personal level.

6. Nominate others for awards. We had the honour of being nominated for, and won the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award in 2016 in the home based business category.

I was also nominated for a WOW – Woman of Worth award in the Business & Prosperity category. The amount of free publicity and exposure we received for each of these awards was priceless.

I encourage you to nominate someone for similar awards. Not only is it very gratifying to make someone else’s day, you also gain a lot of exposure from being the person who nominated them. Another option is to be an award sponsor, again bringing you great satisfaction and business exposure.

7. Don’t forget your business card! While some may poo-poo this, I’m still a believer in the value of business cards.

Get professional cards designed and printed. Use them wisely – always ask the other person you’re talking with for their card first and reciprocation will ensue.

Your business card is a first touch-point that person will see your visual brand so ensure you give off the right first impression with a professionally designed one.

Aside from getting out there and getting involved in local community activities, you could also take advantage of various paid advertising opportunities. Newspaper advertorials, radio ad spots, sponsorships and even billboards can all be taken advantage of at a local level.

Don’t Forget About Your Website

No matter what kind of activities we are doing when trying to drum up new business, don’t forget the importance of your website.

With every potential customer you meet, assume they will be heading to your website to check out you and your services. They might even do it right there so ensure your website is mobile friendly and shares the right brand messaging that will compel them into action and hire or buy from you.

Always be seeking opportunities where you can build your business exposure and double bonus points when you can couple those opportunities with giving back!

5 Great Benefits of an EPoS System for a Restaurant or Bar

The challenges of running a successful bar or restaurant are very different from other forms of retail environments, but an effective (Electronic Point-of-Sale) EPoS system can help drive your business to the next level with minimal investment and a very quick payback. John Henry, CBE’s Sales Director, highlights 5 Great Benefits of an EPoS System for a Restaurant or Bar:

1) Speed and accuracy
Your Epos system can seamlessly link in to your kitchen for printing and food automation. This will make sure that every order ends up in the kitchen is 100% accurate. So if the customer has specified that the dressing is served on the side or to ‘hold the onions’, this is what will be delivered. It’s hard to over-estimate how important this can be in delivering great customer satisfaction.

And in a food to go environment, customer-facing screens can act as a ‘virtual receipt’, as the customer clearly sees what’s been charged for and what buttons the waiter has pressed. This verifies the order before the final bill even arrives – something that increases customer satisfaction levels to a very significant degree.

It’s also worth stating that a contemporary EPoS system can be configured to match YOUR specific requirements. The days of off-the-shelf systems with minimum flexibility are long gone – and good riddance to them! Today’s systems work with equal effectiveness for the cashier, the waiter (through great screen interactivity and intuitive interfaces) and the management (through better and timelier reporting).

2) Integration
A typical EPoS system in not capable of being all things to all men, so it’s essential that it has the capacity to be integrated into other systems within the business. This can include anything from kitchen automation to your online reservation system or a click and collect system for your takeaway offering.

It should also be able to link seamlessly with credit card payment at the table, for example, or with a loyalty application or gift voucher platform.

3) Staff management
If you source the optimum EPoS system, it will have full loss prevention suite, making sure that all elements of your staff’s interaction with cash is completely above board. But don’t believe for a moment that it’s all about ‘checking up’ on your staff. It can also reward your staff for hitting their upselling targets – anything from pushing the Wine of the Month to the Dessert of the Day.

And by letting your staff take an order just as easily at a table as at a cash point, you can dramatically increase speed of service, which is important at any time of day, but especially so when customers are on a time deadline, such as at lunchtime. A further benefit in managing your staff is that it can facilitate easy rota management and scheduling, which can also tap into the payroll system of your HR department.

4) Reporting with an EPoS System for a Restaurant or Bar
The great benefit of modern cloud-based systems is that reports are available to local or regional management in real time, which greatly enhances the quality of decision-making and future planning in areas such as stock and inventory, staff performance, branch comparison and margin control.

It can also be extremely beneficial in helping you to analyse your customer trends. For example, you can easily find out who wants to be contacted via SMS or email, or what sort of promotional offers they respond to.

5) Reliability of hardware EPoS System for a Restaurant
There’s a wide proliferation of tablet-style devices on the market which have a limited ability to interact with your IT system or EPoS system. But better still are the durable touchscreen devices which are specifically built for purpose, and come with IP ratings for water, dust etc. – perfect for a pub or restaurant environment where liquid spillages are commonplace.

There is an initial capital outlay for this dedicated hardware, of course, but when their durability and longevity are taken into account, the lifetime cost of ownership is significantly lower than their rival tablet devices.

And by opting for bespoke hardware, of course, you future-proof yourself against obsolescence, as your devices can adapt to any emerging technologies in your sector.

The bottom line is that if you’re in the pub or restaurant business, there’s never been a better time to invest in an EPoS system that has the power to totally transform your bottom line.

FOCUS on Your Business Program

Power of Focus !

If you are anything like me, you probably find yourself often thinking of new projects to start, new things to achieve.I did that in my beginning on Internet. That in itself is very beneficial and indeed a required ingredient for success. The trick is to know where to draw a line.

The trap I kept falling into was hoping and looking for new and better programs all the time,easy to find new once,but i forgot about them the next day,instead of working on the programs you already joined and going for the results there.

I would often actually get dragged into gathering more and more information on new opportunities. I would spend time on developing them right then and there. I would be stealing the precious time away from the current project I was supposed to be working on. Obviously, it was a trap.Be aware of this trap! The current project would suffer, because there is only so much time in a day.

No one gets results form Surfing the Internet for “Get Rich Tomorrow “and thinking,there must be an easier way!There is not,only hard work will give you success.Focus and work on your Business !

Then I would get discouraged with my current project and drop it because I didn’t see any results.

Think long term!

One of my future projects would become my current project for the time being, until I’d drop it in favor of the next project.Its a trap,yes. This is how most of New to Internet do it!!Don’t do the same!

Can you see the trap?
And it gets even worse: If you keep on doing this for long enough, you will actually program your subconscious mind NOT to complete a project EVER. You will forever keep on failing.

Eventually it may even filter through to other areas of your life.I did the same in the beginning,so much waste of time and money!

There is to many Traps out there.

It’s easy to see how working on your on line business can become such a trap quickly.
Internet is overloaded with information. I won’t even mention the plethora of rubbish that exists on line. But there is so much valuable information out there, go and find them,that developing your on line business to a profitable stage can take forever, UNLESS you start employing the tremendous power of focus.Its the only way to do it,when you understand this you will get results!

Here is only one way,focus.To be a success in your on line venture, you must not be working on more than two projects at a time, EVER. And preferably work on just one project, particularly if you only do your on line venture on part-time basis.

And by that I mean, don’t get distracted. Don’t dilute your precious time. Work on your project, whatever it may be, until completion.
Learn the program,take the training section over and over again,until you really know how it works!

Many programs can be difficult to understand,but take your time to understand it!

Learn how to!

By all means, plan you future. If you want to work on the future ideas,
set an hour per week aside for doing just that. And then each week spend that hour thinking
about your new projects, write them down. When the time is up, go back to your current project.

I will guarantee you one thing:
If you develop and use the power of focus, your success will get better and better with each project. That’s how i got from not getting any results to see great results every week.Focus.
On the other hand, if you keep falling into the trap of working on too many projects at the same time, the chances are you will get nowhere.

10 Tools to Check if Your Idea Can Bring the Money and Become Your Business

o you have ideas for a new business? Starting from small investors to millennials, everyone nowadays looks for good business ideas, but it is only a few of them who end up on the right path. So, how can you know if your business idea is worth the time and investment?
If you want to check your business idea and see if it is a solid solution for earning the good income, follow these 10 tips and tricks:

Browse Top Sellers
Look at websites such as Amazon to get some idea of what is selling. If you have a product or service in mind, take a look around to get an insight of whether this particular item will sell or not.
The first thing on your list is seeing if the category you are considering is existent on this website. If it is, your next step is to check whether this category of products has a wide number of competitors. The more companies there are, the bigger the demand for the product is.

Use Google Trends
Google Trends can help you get a bigger picture of the business idea you are considering. By checking out the latest trends, you will easily validate the demand, which is a key factor in your decision about starting the business.

Build an MVP
A minimum viable product or MVP is the simplest way to check your business idea. According to Eric Ries, an entrepreneur and author of “The Lean Startup”, an MVP is ‘the simplest form of an idea that you can actually sell as a product’. Having a simple version of your product for testing in the early development process is crucial if you want to make the necessary changes before the big investment.

Build a List of Customers
Use various tools and methods to build a list of potential customers that will purchase your product or service. This will not only help you determine if your business is worth giving a shot, but will also prove to be very beneficial once you decide to launch.

Run the Idea by Your Target Customers
Once you have an established for business, make a prototype and take it to the potential audience. Select the most appropriate method – speak to acquaintances that would be interested in the product, conduct a survey or even ask for help on the social media groups with the goal to check your business idea. “Identify people in that target you know to be skeptical and critical.” says Chip Bell, the founder of The Chip Bell Group.

Test the Product on the Social Media
According to Susan Solovic, one of the key things to take into consideration when making a business plan is the importance of social media. Once you get the word out about the product or service, you will get information on how much interest this produces with your target audience. You have to make engaging social media profiles with high-quality content. In this case, you can use such tools as Pocket, Hemingway App, Admission service.

Get an Expert’s Opinion
A wrong investment can present a serious failure, which is why you must check your business idea carefully. When in a struggle with various ideas, get the opinion of experts who can advise you on which business to start and how to promote it.

Use Landing Pages to Check Your Business Idea
Test out how well you can reach the target market and convert them into your customers. Conversion rates’ market testing is the best way to establish how your numbers will work with people and if these numbers are actually viable.

Ask People to Pay
If you test your product or service on friends and acquaintances or even people you randomly found on the Web, they are very likely to give you an email address or subscribe to your website. However, the best way to establish if they are really interested in a product is if you ask them to pay you money for the product or service.

Know the Competition
Of course, big competition indicates high demand for a product or service, but this can be a cause of many headaches that are about to come. Research and study the industry to analyze the best way to present your product since big competition means that only the best marketers make sales. Once you establish how to promote your product or service in the best way, you are ready to beat the competition.

Starting a business is a scary thing to do, especially if you are not experienced or trained in business planning. Even if you are, chances are your idea will fail due to a small number of customers, bad marketing strategy or enormous competition. However, if you make sure that your business idea is solid and you know how to make it happen, you are only a few steps away from becoming a rich man!

Best Locksmith Services

Operating a car, many often face breakdowns of a different nature. Sometimes the malfunction can be eliminated on its own, but often the help of qualified specialists is required. When choosing a locksmith services it is necessary to follow simple, but at the same time tested recommendations.

What should be emphasized:

• Number of services offered by the service;

• Presence of own spare parts warehouse;

• Additional types of services;

Conscientious service works openly, does not try to deceive the client.

Today’s car repair market is represented by an extensive network of auto repair shops and to understand this diversity and make the right decision, experts recommend paying attention to some details:

• Information stand for clients. This stand must contain all necessary documents – a license, certificates of conformity. Documents should be in a prominent place and each visitor could read.

• Number of employees and their level of employment. A quality car service is always loaded with work and there nobody sits idle. In this case, each performs a certain type of work. If mechanics sit without work, then this may mean that the workshop is not in demand or it has high prices for the work done.

• What workers look like. The pure appearance of mechanics and locksmiths suggests that the head monitors not only the quality of the work, but also the neat appearance of the workers. A good form of clothing with a company logo was introduced in a good company.

• Personal presence of the owner of the car during repair. If the owner is allowed to observe the progress of repair work, this indicates an open car service policy, its transparency and, consequently, high quality. The prohibition of the presence of repair must alert and if possible look for another car service.

• Rules of registration of necessary documents. The issued documents should indicate the types of work performed, the contract for repair services is written in a clear language, the warranty obligations, terms of execution, the condition of the car, who is responsible for the repair are prescribed.

Upon completion of the work, an act of completed work is drawn up, signed by both parties, the terms of the guarantee for the work performed must be specified.

• Experience in repairing cars of certain brands. It is advisable to ask the mechanics about the experience of repairing the car brand customer. Experienced mechanic for telling the symptoms can diagnose a malfunction.

• Painting the car. When choosing a car service for painting a car it is important to find out whether there is a computer selection of enamel, ask about the technology of painting in this service, what enamels are used. Quality service always applies only proven brands of enamel and well-known manufacturers.

• Car service equipment. This is also an important aspect, the presence of high-quality technological equipment.

• Limited number of car brands repaired in the service. Car-care centers that specialize in a certain number of brands perform better repairs, because a narrow specialization, continuous improvement in the repair of certain brands allows you to perform work at the proper level.

Choosing a car service, it is not superfluous to read reviews of some pre-selected workshops, carefully consider all options and make the right decision.

10 Superstar Networking Tips to Grow Your Business

One of the best investments you can make as a solopreneur or business person is in your personal development. As a business owner you can only grow as far as your skills and knowledge can take you.

That’s why attending seminars, conferences and workshops is such a valuable experience.

I recently attended the WOW (Woman of Worth) Conference in Vernon BC and it was a fantastic experience. The founder, Christine Awram, has been holding these conferences for several years. Each event promises excellent motivational and inspirational speakers plus great opportunities to meet and mingle with like-minded women.

This year was exceptionally great due to one of our clients, Dana Smithers, being invited to be one of the keynote speakers.

She talked about the Law of Attraction and started a chain reaction of events that lead me to being up on stage taking a bow to a standing ovation! (The exercise was to put my intention out to the world that I am open to receiving speaking opportunities so hey, if you know of any….)

In addition to gaining next-level strategies, events like these offer an incredible opportunity to meet prospects, JV partners, and vendors.

So how can you make the most of your next event? Here’s some pro tips to network like a superstar.

1) Rock Your Appearance. Let your outfit be a conversation starter. Wear something that makes you feel like a million bucks and helps you radiate confidence.

Bring a killer accessory like a unique pin, scarf, or pair of shoes that gets you noticed. Make a great first impression that makes people think “I have to meet that person.”

2) Prepare Yourself Mentally. Know your purpose for being there. Be passionate about what you do and let it shine.

What do you want to learn? Look at the list of speakers and make a point to say hello to them. Ask yourself what 3 types of people you’d like to meet. Get specific. Visualize these people in the morning before the workshop or conference begins.

This will help you attract exactly the right type of connections you will benefit most from.

3) Show Up Early. Arrive with extra time so you can grab a coffee, visit the vendor tables, and get to know a few people before everything starts to get busy. Be on the lookout for people with whom you feel you can connect with and strike up a conversation with them.

Attending early also gives you an opportunity to get a seat close enough to better see and hear the on-stage happenings.

4) Be a Giver. Have you ever met someone whom you feel wants to get something from you? It gives off a bad negative energy, doesn’t it? Avoid this from happening to you by shifting your energy to one of abundance and ask yourself how you can best serve others.

When you meet someone be curious. Get to know them. Ask questions. Find out how you can help this person.

There is always a resource, compliment, connection, book, tip, or tool that you can offer to help someone.

Can you interview them on your podcast? Can you review their book on your blog? Can you co-host a webinar with them? While I was at the WOW event, I recorded 3 video eTips and did a couple of Facebook LIVE videos. How can you capitalize on your time in a similar manner?

5) Ask for Their Business Card. It is always better to ask for the other person’s card. Asking for their card feels better than shoving yours in their hand.

Plus that leaves you in control so that you can send a follow-up when you return from the event.

Write a note about what you learned or spoke about with them on the card so you can reference it when you write them afterwards.

6) Share the Event Socially. Social Media is a great tool for building and maintaining relationships. Take plenty of pics at the event to share on social media.

Do Facebook LIVE on location. Your followers want to see where you are. Take pictures with the speakers and other people you meet.

This is me with Christine after the event was over. As you can see, wine is a big part of her brand. That and chocolate!

Plus you can send these pictures to the friends you meet in your follow up.

Try tagging them on social media and give them a shout out saying how nice it was to meet them. You can attach a picture with them in a follow-up email. This is a heartfelt way to share warmth with a new connection.

7) Switch it Up. Try sitting with different people at lunch. Join groups for after workshop dinner and conversation. Sometimes the chit-chat that occurs before and after the event can lead to the best connections.

8) Step Up to the Mike. If there is a Q&A opportunity, step up to the microphone and let your question be heard. You’ll get a chance to introduce yourself to the whole room and get expert answers to your question.

Often times people will come up to you afterwards and say how they related to what you shared.

9) Give a Testimonial. If you loved the event, be vocal about it. Tell the event coordinator and offer a testimonial. You can also record a Facebook video testimonial and tag the event coordinator on social media.

Email a written testimonial to the event host. They may post it on their website and give you massive exposure.

10) Love ’em Up. There is a Chinese proverb that says “A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.” When you get back home after the event, the most important part is following up with and nurturing relationships you made.

Here it’s a strategy of quality, not quantity. Sort through the cards you received. Narrow them down to the few people you had a real connection with and send a warm, genuine email.

Is there any further suggestion or resource you can send them as a follow-up to your conversation? You want them to experience their life is better now having met you.

And don’t forget to post to your social media accounts and send an email to your list about your experience too!

Attending industry conferences or seminars keep you up-to-date with the latest changes that are occurring within the industry. But equally valuable is the chance to meet other like-minded individuals and build connections that can last a lifetime.