A Night Celebrating the Bosnia and Herzegovinian Embassy
Monday, May 28th, at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario, the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted a welcoming and cultural event to many visitors from around the world. There were representatives from Jordan, Guatemala, Russia, and many more Nations. Netcelerate was invited to attend due to our recent success in hosting the Embassy’s Internet services. Throughout the event, members of Netcelerate, including our CEO, CFO, and sales team were able to meet ambassadors from around the world, all very supportive of their International community.
The night began very quietly, as ambassadors arrived for the first thirty minutes of the two-hour event. The Ambassador, Ms. Biljana Gutić-Bjelica was very kind in her words during her speech when referring to the support she has received from Netcelerate, and recommending us to other Embassy’s.
After her speech, which she claimed to keep as short as possible for the women wearing heels, we had the opportunity to network around the room with representatives from many nations. What we found was that all embassies face the same issues when searching for service providers.
In the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Netcelerate has been able to save them from dealing with 9 different providers for services such as website hosting, long distance, internet, phones, etc, and brought it down to just working with us for everything. This has given them the opportunity to work on more important tasks than dealing with service providers.
Networking Advice from our Experience
What matters more than what they are looking for, is how to find out. Through going to networking events across the country we have learned a few tips about how to network effectively at any event:
Grab a drink
Holding onto a drink will give you something to do with your hands while you are talking to people and will make you more relaxed.
Plan conversation starters in advance
Have you ever dealt with awkward silences in conversations? Of course you have. Make sure you don’t run into this when meeting an important person by planning out a few questions in advance, such as how they got started in their industry.
Find your customer
Whether the current person you are speaking to is a potential customer, they may know someone who is. If you are getting the vibe that you are speaking to someone who is not interested in your product, pitch questions that would be directed at a referral. This will get you speaking to the right person, hopefully, with an introduction from someone they trust.
Using these tips will ensure that you are making the most of your next networking event. Stay tuned for part 2 about how to follow-up from a networking event.