August Event

“Business networking, but not as you know it…”
Do you regularly attend business networking meetings, but leave feeling less than satisfied wondering if you could have made better use of the opportunity. Shook 3 hands, 2 glasses of wine and found no real “connection”. You walk into a room full of potential business contacts. Where do you start?

Is this you?
Find someone you already know and talk with them?
Barge into a group and interrupt their conversation with what you want to talk about?
Hover around the outside of a group and wait to be invited in?
Find someone on their own and stay with them even if there is no match with your business interests?
Wait for someone to talk to you?
Head straight for the food and drink until the speeches start?
Some people are consummate at ‘working the room’, moving smoothly from group to group without intruding. How do they do it?
If this describes you then this event “Business networking, but not as you know it” is exactly for YOU.

Have you wondered how do you introduce yourself directly to someone that you want to speak to, when they are already talking to others, without being intrusive?
How do you enter a group?
How do you leave a group?
How do you leave a ‘boring’ person without offending them?
How do you collect a fistful of business cards that may lead to business opportunities?
However good you already are at business networking, you will discover something new that you can apply at your next networking meeting as well as share your own secrets and techniques.

NB This is different from non-business related social occasions, which are more serendipitous and less structured. The focus of this networking session is on creating new potential business contacts in an unobtrusive and professional manner.

Chris Mitchell, Director, Axcel Institute, has been applying these techniques and teaching them for the last 15 years. He, like the rest of us, has observed some embarrassingly crass attempts by others in the name of ‘business networking’. The session is fully interactive and you will practise the techniques that will make future business networking experiences pleasant and professional for all involved.

Bring at least 50 business cards with you!

Our August meeting will be hosted by AUT North Shore Campus. Do get there in time to practise your networking skills before the presentations start at 6pm.

Topic “Business networking, but not as you know it… ”
When Thursday, 27 August 2009
Where AUT Conference Centre
Awataha Plaza Complex, AF Building
AUT Akoranga Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
North Shore
New Zealand


5.30 Registration, drinks & finger food
6.00 Welcome & five one-minute presentations by Auckland ICT members
6.10 Welcome from AUT, Ian Robertshaw
6.20 New Auckland ICT Website, Ian Hassell
6.30 Auckland ICT Survey, Chris Mitchell
6.40 Business Networking presentation, Chris Mitchell
7.10 Further networking
7.30 Finish

Event Cost We have introduced two new rates. Payment is by Direct Credit or cheque in advance. We do not accept payment by credit card.
Cluster Members – $15
Full-time students – $10
Members of NZICT Group – $20
Non-members – $25

Prepay Event Discount Instead of paying $15 for each event, all financial members can pay $100 at any time for one person to attend one event a month for the following 12 months. This is transferable to another person from the same member company.

Registration: RSVP by email to by 6 pm on 25 August with the following information:
What you are offering now (up to 25 words)
What you are seeking now (up to 25 words)
We will circulate a list of all those who have registered at the event to help everyone make the right connections.

Auckland ICT wishes to thank AUT for hosting this event.
Posted by Kevin Andreassend, President, Auckland ICT

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