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In the early days of business networking you will be concentrating on meeting people, making new connections, making a good impression and having a clear, engaging message. All these things help to build a positive professional perception of you as a professional and someone who could be introduced with confidence but how do you switch it up a gear? .

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Our Director Cathy Dunbabin was delighted to be asked recently to come up with her top 5 tips for excelling in business networking. We thought you might like to hear what they were... .

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We're delighted to have had another article featured in the latest Oxford Times In Business section this month. The article was all about planning and preparing for you business networking so that you never get caught off guard. .

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There are two types of communication that occur at business networking events - verbal and non-verbal. .

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Who like me was brought believing we should never talk to strangers? This can be a limiting belief when it comes to successful business networking!  .

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Many of us spend valuable time and money on our networking and developing relationships with our peers. You will probably understand the importance of making a good first impression but how about when you’ve been meeting up with the same people for a long time? It’s easy to become complacent and perhaps not try as hard as you had previously. Have you thought how this comes across to others? .

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What would happen if you needed some serious support in your business immediately? Are the relationships you’ve nurtured in your business network able to help and more importantly, would they want to? Would they take your call and put themselves out to give you advice and guidance when you need it? Do they drop other things to listen and take action that will make an actual difference to you? .

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Time for the D to F of Naked Networking Do’s and Don’ts. In this series of blogs we’re sharing some points that will resonate with you - some for the right reason and some for the wrong!  .

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Hip hip Hooray we were blessed with sunshine for our annual punting trip. Boating, Bubbles and BBQ were the order of the day… .

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Our Testimonials


No matter how good we think we are it's what our members and guests say that matters most...

  • I have established some excellent connections which otherwise would have taken a great deal longer to develop and it has made a real difference to me in terms of the amount of referrals I receive from fellow professionals.

    Tom McInerney

    Associate Lawyer Spratt Endicott
  • The members are all senior business professionals who support one another, challenge each other when necessary and look to develop business contacts when the opportunities arise.

    Dan Kitchen

    Partner St James Place Wealth Management
  • Opendoorz has a unique and refreshing atmosphere. It attracts like-minded business professionals who actually like and want to do business.

    Andrew Prescott

    Director ISIS Medical Insurance
  • The business I have gained through Opendoorz has more than covered any financial cost, but more importantly it is a fantastic resource to interact with business peers. 

    Peter Smith

    Partner The M Group