How To Be A Successful Networker

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For many business owners networking can seem like a chore. You know it needs to be done but there are plenty of other things you would rather be doing. Furthermore, with 95% of people saying that face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships, is networking something you can afford to avoid? Whilst there are many important business benefits to be had from networking, the truth is you will only get out of it what you put into it – so if you’ve got to be networking you might as well be making the best of it. Here’s some top tips on how to be a successful networker:

Do your research

Find out who will be attending the event by asking the organiser for a list of attendees. This will ensure you make the most of your valuable time by talking to those people who will be most relevant for your business. It will also help you to prepare the questions that are going to provide you with the most beneficial information.

Ask questions you would like to be asked

There will be certain bits of information you’ll want to get across to your fellow networkers to give the best impression of yourself, and one of the best ways to make sure they get this information is to ask them the questions you would like to be asked. Once they’ve finished answering they are very likely to ask ‘How about you?’.

Adjust your body language

You want to be able to talk to a wide range of people at the event.To encourage others to talk to you it is important that you come across as friendly and approachable. A warm smile, a firm handshake and some direct eye contact will go a long way to making you a networking success.

Remember to listen

If you are only interested in doing a hard sell of your services then other networkers will lose interest in talking to you very quickly. Listening is just as important at networking events as talking and people love to talk about themselves, particularly when someone appears genuinely interested in what they have to say.

Attend the events that are best suited to you

For any form of networking to be successful it needs to be at the right type of event for your business. It is important that the list of attendees includes companies that your business would benefit from connecting with and it needs to be an event that you are happy to involve yourself in properly to fully get the most benefit from attending. The South Coast Golf Tour is a series of networking events where fruitful business relationships are built out on the golf course. Become a member today or find out more about how a South Coast Golf Tour membership could benefit your business by contacting David on 07881 810847.  

Are You Missing The Best Business Resolution for 2016?

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Smart business owners won’t be waiting until the New Year to plan how they are going to improve their business in 2016, they will already be putting plans into place to ensure that next year is their most successful yet. What have you got planned to improve your business in 2016? If you’re looking for a way to increase the number of links you have to vital new business, hosting a networking event could be the answer – and we’ve got just the event for you. Hosting a Company Golf Day means that you can bring your most valued clients and colleagues together in a fun and social environment for a networking event that they will actually enjoy – and which will send business benefits your way.

5 Reasons a Company Golf Day will be your best business decision for 2016

  • Nurture existing business relationships – putting on an event for a select group of your clients will help those chosen to feel valued and appreciated by your business. In turn they will have more respect for you and the work you do for them. Inviting them to a networking event also gives them the gift of new business opportunities themselves, as they will be mixing with like-minded, driven people.
  • Develop vital new business connections – the best thing about bringing your clients to an event on the South Coast Golf Tour is that hosting such an event to woo your clients hasn’t just been for their benefit – with the wider network that plays on the Tour it’s a great chance for you to put your business in the limelight and build some great business connections yourself.
  • Increase your brand awareness– hosting an event on the South Coast Golf Tour will provide you will ample opportunities to show case your brand, from branded banners and materials decorating the event on the day, to gaining visibility on the South Coast Golf Tour website, people are sure to be talking about your business after such an event.
  • Improve your business reputation – Additionally, having your top clients at the event singing your praises means the group will be able to hear first-hand why they should work with you.
  • Maximise business opportunities with a Joint Company Golf Day – if you really want to boost the atmosphere then a joint company golf day could provide even more for both you and your clients – more people, more opportunities and more success! Choose a company you know well to team up with or allow the South Coast Golf Tour to find the best fit for you and your clients by contacting tour director David on 07881 010847.
Not sure a larger event is right for you? In the past even a small-scale event has provided important opportunities. WPA Health Insurance developed some significant new business contacts following their Client Hospitality day on the South Coast Golf Tour – just by bringing 12-16 people with them to the event. And if this is what you can achieve at a small event, imagine what could be gained from something larger scale. Don’t wait for the New Year to make your best resolution – book your Company Golf Day now and reap the business benefits in 2016 by contacting Tour Director David on 07881 810847 or via david@sc-golf.co.uk

A Finale to Remember: 2015 South Coast Golf Tour Final

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As dawn broke on Friday 23rd October, who could believe that another year on the South Coast Golf Tour had almost come to an end? But not before the UK’s leading health insurer, WPA Health Insurance, had hosted their Company Golf Day following the success of their client hospitality day in 2014. WPA GroupYes, the most valued clients of WPA Health Insurance and our very own Tour members took to the greens one final time for the ultimate event of our 5th anniversary Tour. This time it was the testing bunkers and challenging range of mature trees at Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf and Country Estate that stood between them and victory.

Double Points

And just when everyone thought it was almost over, we threw a double-points twist into the mix for the race to become the 2015 Tour champion. That’s right, every player’s score from Old Thorns was doubled, opening up the competition and placing 10 players in the running for Tour champion – but who would come out on top?

Tour Champion

2015 Tour WinnerWell, it was congratulations to Peter Raynsford from 5 Rings Telecom, who might have gone into the final round of the championship as an underdog but who played his way to the top – making him a two-time South Coast Golf Champion, with victories in both 2011 and 2015. What a fitting way to end our 5th anniversary year with our first winner coming back to reclaim the prize.

A Triumph for Charity

Thank you to everyone that has taken part in the Charity Putting Competition throughout this year’s Tour – you have all helped to raise a grand total of £1406 for our charity sponsor, dizzy: support for diabetes. And congratulations to Jason Harfield from Orion Lightning Protection who was named the 2015 charity putting champion!

Time to Party

The day didn’t end when the golf did – there was still the Tour Final Party to come. Many of the day’s participants stayed for a fantastic evening’s entertainment to celebrate another successful year. There was an indulgent three-course dinner, entertainment from the sensational Queen B tribute band, followed by a disco. How we are going to top this next year we just don’t know!

A Final Thank You

What we do know is that such a successful year on the Tour wouldn’t have been possible without such a strong network of continued support, belief and sponsorship from so many businesses. So a special thank you this year to Carpenter Box, 5 Rings Telecom, Orion Lightning Protection, Unibind, UHY Hacker Young, WPA Health Insurance, dizzy: support for diabetes and all of our Tour members. Planning has already begun for the 2016 Tour and Company Golf Day slots are being booked up fast. If you are interested in the benefits that hosting a company golf day on the Tour can yield for your business, contact Tour Director, David Fluke, on 07881 810847 or via david@sc-golf.co.uk. team prizeCharity money

Support in a Storm – The Dizzy Golf Day

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It may have been blowing a gale on the most unforgiving course on the South Coast on Friday 18th August, but no amount of wind or rain was going to send our players into a spin, especially not for the dizzy: support for diabetes golf day.Players at Dizzy Golf Day In support of this Sussex-based charity, which provides support and financial assistance for diabetics, Tour members and dizzy guests alike turned out in force for a fabulous day of Golf.

Raising Awareness

The charity’s primary aim is to promote awareness of diabetes across Sussex and there were various opportunities to do this throughout the day. One way to do this was through a menu created to be suitable for people with diabetes to eat.  The delicious chicken lasagne, which was served as the main course reminded the players of the challenges diabetic people have to go through to ensure they are eating the correct food. The well-loved charity putting competition, which sends proceeds to dizzy throughout the Tour year, was in full swing at this event as well a raffle full of fantastic prizes, including golf lessons, golf equipment, wine and other goodies, to raise money for this worthy cause.

Nearest the Pin

Plenty of controversy surrounded the Nearest The Pin competition at Littlehampton Golf Club. Adam Westwood, from Titan Scaffolding, claimed to have been nearest on the 3rd but insisted it was too wet to write his result onto the scoreboard. We thought it all sounded a bit fishy but his claim was actually validated by his team members – so we’ll trust you this time Adam.

The Winners

Dizzy Golf Day Winner This time it was Graham Lind from CNC ltd who conquered the difficult weather conditions and achieved victory at Littlehampton. Meanwhile Matt Clifton-Bowley from LWS Marketing battled his way to be best of the rest. This takes him to the top of the order of merit leader board with his eyes set on the prize this year. Discover the full list of winners here and keep up-to-date with how the order of merit is looking.   The next stop on the South Coast Golf Tour is the Unibind and Hacker Young joint company golf day at Piltdown Golf Club. Don’t miss the chance to play at this East Sussex gem – secure your place now.

A Day Out in the Wildwood for Littlehampton Based Lightning Protection Experts

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Well there was certainly no chance of lightning at our scorching event at Wildwood Golf Orion LIghtning Protection Golf Team Club on Friday 10th July, especially with the Orion Lighting Protection experts around. Things were certainly heating up at their mini golf day – and we’re not just talking about the weather. Our own tour members couldn’t wait for the chance to build rapport with Orion’s most valued clients and to show the newbies how we roll on the South Coast Golf Tour.

Charity Putting

With some time to spare before the two-tier tee-off everyone headed to the putting green to take part in our charity competition in aid of dizzy: support for diabetes. With several players scoring 16, on the countback it was Orion Lightning Protection’s very own Jason Harfield who was best at the test, winning a bottle pink Moet Champagne – but come on Jason, you could have given your guests a chance.

Nearest the Pin

In a test of precision and skill there were two ‘Nearest the pin’ competitions at Wildwood and two winners. Congratulations to South Coast Golf Tour members Paul Severn from Watson Associates, who was nearest at the 6th on the lakes course, and to Mark Perring from Coastal Copiers, who triumphed at the 2nd on the Parklands Course. After nine holes on both the Parklands and Lakes courses, it was time to head in, where there was a cold beverage waiting for everyone at the bar courtesy of Orion Lightning – cheers Justin and Jason. When it came down to it, Assistant Tour Director, Matt Clifton-Bowley from LWS Wildwood Winner Marketing was on top with a score of 37 points. A former champion of the Tour, Matt has been struggling to find his winning form lately, but the course at Wildwood certainly brought back his competitive streak. But let’s not forget the Best Guest Award, a real favourite on the Tour, and this time it was won by Orion Lightning Protection’s valued guest Richard Townsend. It’s so important for us to meet new people on the Tour, and after you’ve played once you’re automatically part of the order of merit – so you can keep coming back! The order of merit is extremely close this year and after the results at Wildwood it really is all still to play for – click here to see the full order of merit results. Don’t miss our next event, the dizzy: support for diabetes golf day at Littlehampton Golf Club – book your ticket now, or call Claire on 07801 295681 for more information about the South Coast Golf Tour. Tour members at Wildwood Orion Lightning Golf Team 2

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