BC Business’s Top 5 Networking Tips

BCBusiness’ annual Top 100 event is a networking extravaganza You’ve heard it before: it’s not what you know, but who. Some people are lucky; they already have the connections they need to secure the job they want through their friends, family or workforce. Others have to work a little harder to network and elevate their career.

Want to rub shoulders with the Top 100 Businesses in BC and make the most of it? You’ll want to consider these 5 tips:

1. Plan Ahead

You should already have an idea of who you want to meet before you arrive. Get familiar with who will be attending, what their position is and why you should meet them. Impress them by remembering their name before they even tell you.

2. Come Prepared

Have more than enough business cards on hand, dress to impress and have a rough idea of what to say about yourself and your business before you arrive. If you need to bring paper copies of a brochure or magazine, opt for too many rather than not enough.

3. Pitch Yourself

People want to do business with people, so focus on selling yourself. Why should others want to partner with you? Prove that you are worthy of their business.

4. Stay True to Yourself

At the same time, don’t sell yourself short. If a business proposition clearly won’t work, there’s no harm in making a contact, but don’t push a partnership that feels unnatural or isn’t valuable to you.

5. Have fun!

While we can’t recommend loading up on cocktails before you arrive, don’t forget that this is supposed to be a pleasant social experience. Make sure you get to talk to everyone you planned to, and then relax. The networking contacts you make in casual conversation may become your most important. There is a plethora of events in the Vancouver area that encourage and facilitate networking that can seriously change your company, career and life. But the best one? It’s happening on June 29th, 2017. You won’t want to miss it.

What is the Top 100 event?

For over 25 years, BCBusiness has played a leading role in connecting business leaders and entrepreneurs with their Top 100 event. Every event has seen businesses expand, partnerships form and efficiency increase with the networking opportunities and educational speakers’ presentations. June 29th, 2017, is lined up to offer the same benefits to attendees. Who will be at the 2017 Top 100 event? You may have heard of Michael Bubble, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Josh Groban, Barbara Streisand and Whitney Houston. The man behind these musical sensations is David Foster, who happens to be the main speaker at this year’s event.

With 15 Grammy’s and 500-million album sales under his belt, Foster has experienced unprecedented business success. During a one-on-one interview, Foster will share information and inspiration from his personal business experiences.

Prior to David Foster’s interview, attendees will get the chance to hear from Peter Legge, the CEO of Canada Wide Media. BCBusiness is just one of Canada Wide’s many successful publications that are circulated throughout the province.

Furthermore, the Top 100 businesses in BC will be represented at the event. BCBusiness compiles this exclusive list every year and celebrates the achievement of BC’s best businesses at this event.

With event partners including Cactus Club Café, Shaw Business, Global BC, Seaspan and Burnaby Hospital Foundation, a variety of industries will be represented, increasing your chances for valuable networking opportunities.

Why should I go?

Besides getting to spend the afternoon at the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, participants will engage in a stand-up networking luncheon from 11am – 12:45pm. This is your chance to pass out glossy business cards and show off your firm handshake to potential partners and advisers that could change the future of your business. This is not the time to be shy—go ahead, mingle!

The speaker’s presentation lasts from 1pm – 3pm. Reserved seating is available, but it is limited. It’s first come, first served, and tickets are going fast.

Attending the luncheon and speaker’s presentation has a price tag of $149. Alternatively, you can just attend the speaker’s presentation for $79. Attendees are also offered a discounted one-year BCBusiness subscription for $12.50.

For more information and to register, click here:

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