It's not shocking why it's so important to have those face to face meetings. Time investment. Money investment. Marketing investment. Advertising investment. Staff investment.
so much of the wedding & event business is conducted over the
telephone and internet, it is widely understood that in being part of a
wedding-the bride wants that one-on-one relationship, so that you can help create the 'wedding of her dreams.' In planning an event-a client
wants the connection of 'preferred vendors,' so that the event will
stand out to all as 'the party of the century.' We also believe that
'face-to face' meetings are essential with top vendors-in a networking event-- with whom you want to work with. Face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term 'business relationships.'
has found that 40% of sales prospects are converted to new customers
when you meet face-to-face in a 'visit.' This is more than just an
introduction, or the exchange of business cards, or a promise that
you’ll get in touch with each other after you meet on the phone,
internet contact or at an event. It can be said that in networking and
meeting with a 'possible partner,' will help you with your business
growth and potential as well.
At an event, such as the national Bridal Business Academy -meaningful
meetings that take place during the 'Champagne Soriee,' in the evening,
can guarantee engagement and satisfaction between the wedding &
event planners and those in the industry who want to connect with
A great way to help create valuable connection at this event is by bringing pre-scheduled meetings into the mix.
(We encourage you to do this with brides that attend an event as well!
In our 'Bridal Expo at the Disneyland Hotel,' we used to give out
'pre-event lists of those who were going to attending,' so that the
vendors could start 'marketing and creating 'visits' with those
attendees, prior to the Expo.)
Here are the
some DOs and DON'Ts of these face-to-face visits when you are
'Networking' with others professionals in the industry:
1. DO have a specific goal.
have a goal like: "obtain specific information about the other person"
rather than something vague like "build a better relationship."
2. DO have a written agenda.
a one-page agenda showing three to five items or questions you'd like
to discuss. An agenda puts others at ease because it sets a natural
time limit on the visit.
3. DON'T be showy.
to showcase 'your expertise,' so that you can understand how you can
work together to create the dream wedding or event, but don't go over
4. DO check your appearance first.
to look the part of being an expert in your field. However, if you are a
'easy-going' disc jokey--tennis shoes and a Hawaiian-styled shirt may
5. DON'T arrive late.
Arriving late tells
others that you don't care about what they bring to the table. Always
arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time.
6. DON'T be too business-like.
a little pre-visit chit-chat is socially necessary, try to be the one
who brings the conversation back to business, so that you can 'get
7. DON'T be too friendly.
pretending to be a long-lost friend, be authentic about who you are and
approach your new 'partner' with a sense of curiosity, to make sure that
you can work together.
8. DON'T talk too much.
'get to know you visits,' are all about relationship building and
gathering information, which you can't do if your mouth is moving.
9. DON'T listen too much.
you don't add at least something of value to the conversation, your new
contact will think you don't have anything to bring to the table.
10. DON'T argue with each other.
your new 'contact,' doesn't agree with an important point that you
believe in, arguing will only set that opinion in concrete. Instead, ask
him/her why they hold that opinion; then listen.
11. DON'T discuss politics.
your new contact insists upon talking about politics, segue the
discussion by asking: "In what ways do you see the current situation
affecting your business?"
12. DO have business acumen.
you meet, they expect you to understand their business model, their
customers and how both fit into the event & wedding industry. Do
your research before the meeting.
13. DO remember customer names.
could be more embarrassing than actually forgetting whom you're talking
with? Write down the names of everyone in the room with a small table
14. DON'T be unprofessional.
Anything you say or do that's even vaguely unprofessional will be common knowledge throughout the organization within two hours.
15. DON'T be rude to anybody.
friend gave a dirty look to a guy who was smoking in the lobby bathroom
of a huge office building. He then went to a client meeting. Guess who
the client was.
16. DO turn off your phone.
ANY call or text be more important than a real live person you are
meeting with? Turn your phone off or put it on vibrate and stick it in
17. DON'T let the meeting meander.
you let the conversation wander, you're showing them that you don't
have the focus necessary to get the job done plus you want to make sure
they have the focus needed.
18. DON'T overstay your welcome.
Remember, you have hundreds of other things that you (or they) could be doing, so set a time limit for the visit.
19. DON'T fail to follow-up.
Keep notes of the commitments you made and schedule the follow-ups in your calendar immediately after the visit.
are so many things you can do with a 'new partner,' from 'co-marketing'
to 'co-branding,' so as a wedding & event professional, we
encourage you to think outside the box. For more information on
locations of the BridalBusinessAcademy.com click on the name or call 805-852-5384