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Networking lesson for women in business

Among those at the dinner were guest speaker Nan Berrett, Tracey Browning, Carol Burford, Tania and Susan Hentschke.

Businesswomen from Yorke Peninsula will be more adept at networking for business thanks to a presentation from Nan Berrett of Word Solutions in the Clare Valley.

Nan was the guest speaker at the latest Women in Business Regional Network dinner at the Weeroona Hotel in Wallaroo.

Nan, a self-confessed silverpreneur, and introvert, has built her business entirely on networking and was happy to share the tips she’s learned along the way.

Acknowledging that networking has certainly become more challenging in a COVID-19 world, Nan said she had now started holding regular virtual coffee meetings with clients via Zoom as a way to stay connected and to help grow her business.

Those present at the dinner learned the importance of having a memorable business card, a clear and precise elevator pitch to use when meeting new people and to be sure to be a good representative of their brand no matter where they were or what they were doing.

Nan also emphasised the importance of maintaining a good contact list, including emails, and to ensure any electronic versions were downloaded regularly for security.  She said a reliance on social media by many had left people struggling to connect in a face-to-face situation, and encouraged those present to practice this regularly.

The next Yorke Peninsula dinner is scheduled for Monday, September 20 when local woman Bridget Johns will be speaking on the importance of prioritising self-care for business success.

At the Women in Business Regional Network dinner were Deb Purvis, Gaynor Harding, Katie Finch, Sharron Dansie, Dianah Walter and Jeanie Pantahos.