Training Workshops

Join a Better Networking workshop to learn networking skills in a group setting and practice as you learn.

Individual Training

Develop better networking skills to help you meet fantastic business contacts and really sell yourself.

In-House Training

Teach your staff better networking skills from your own office, or chosen venue, so they win business and nurture leads.

Unlock Your Potential

Have you ever been networking with the best of intentions and then stood awkwardly nursing a coffee?

Or purposefully avoided networking because you aren’t any good at it?

Perhaps you think that networking won’t work for your business?

Well I, Tracy Heatley, am here, with Better Networking, to help change that.

I have been running and developing networking groups since 2007, and I know it works.

People buy from people they like, believe in and trust. It is that simple.

Not only that, but they tell others about you too. And there are no amount of emails, flyers, or adverts that can beat that.

In fact, 100% of my regular networkers have won enquiries and referrals through it.

Those who have won business have one thing in common: they can confidently talk about the benefits of their business in a way that makes others trust and like them.

If you are thinking you wouldn’t know where to start with that, then don’t worry. I was just like you when I started networking.

But through training, hard work, practice and self-reflection, I have become a confident, talented and successful networker.

And you can too!

Better networking training will benefit you and your business, whether you are a complete beginner or a networking pro.

Develop new skills

Develop the skill of great communication

Build your confidence

Never feel nervous at networking events again

Sell yourself

Convey your best assets and attributes to others

Win more business

Win business the fun and cost-effective way

Why Choose Better Networking?

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Hi, I’m Tracy.

I have been hosting and organising BoB Clubs networking events, across the North West of England, since 2007 and I absolutely love it!

Not only have I hosted countless networking events, but I have dedicated my career to learning how to do it well, and teaching others to do the same.

I genuinely believe that networking is the most cost-effective way to grow a company and is suitable for businesses of any size, age, or type.

But not everyone knows how to network, or has the confidence to do it at all.

Great networking is a skill. Like any skill, it can be learnt.

I’ve spent my career learning the skills required and gaining the qualifications I need to teach you how to improve your networking, so it actually works for you and your business.

Thanks to my unique skill set, you will receive the personalised service you need to ensure your networking skills are unrivalled. I take into account things like the size of your business, the services or goods you are selling, your competition, your communication style and previous networking experience, and then come up with a bespoke plan to suit.

Read more about me here.

Why Network At All?

Networking will help to grow your business very effectively if you know how to do it well.

Forget the scatter gun approach to marketing. Networking is the part of your marketing mix that is about quality over quantity.

Over time, you will see more and more businesses benefit from the referrals and recommendations of others.

If you network well, you are not only talking to the people in the room, but also reaching out to their wealth of connections, friends, family and acquaintances as they pass on referrals.

Sound good? Let me show you how to do better networking.

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Better Networking Will Teach You To:

  • Be visible
  • Approach people with confidence
  • Clearly communicate your business proposition
  • Be memorable
  • Be credible
  • Follow up
  • Convert business cards to sales

Upcoming Training Sessions

What Our Trainees Say

After attending the Better Networking session, I found that learning about communication styles was very useful, as it will help me change the way I talk to people, at networking events and during business appointments.   I always struggled with doing a ’60 seconds’ at networking meetings and worried about what to say.  Not anymore! I found what Tracy refers to as the ‘networking segmentation’ extremely useful, as I can now do a different pitch for each of our services, making sure I’m using the right pitch for the right people.

Louise Campbell, Bolton Arena

I really enjoyed the networking training.  Tracy was able to have the whole group of strangers interacting, participating and really getting involved with the session. I got some great ideas and new approaches about promoting our business through networking.  I now have a thorough understanding of myself and how to communicate better.

Anouska Hamer (Virtual Assistant, DTH Business Support)

The training was brilliant!  Within a week, it’s given me more direction and confidence.  The rapport builder section was a great refresher for me.  I’d done some rapport building training before with Nettle Head Office.  However, some of the skills learned here were new to me. Learning the subtle ways to break rapport was really useful.  Profiling my target market and building a customer avatar was really insightful and it will have a big  impact on my business.   This networking training has  boosted my communications skills and made me think of at least one particular area to target and how to break into the market place.   The workshop was well presented, insightful and good value for money.

Jason Groves (Business Owner, Graphic Designer, Web Specialist, From Nettle Of Bury)

It’s my job to understand people, and this further study of people and communication styles has really helped improve my level of understanding.  I can implement what I’ve learned anywhere and it will be very useful.  The biggest learning, for me, was understanding the reasons and motivations for some people’s behaviour, when they’re networking, and that it’s not negative, just different.  I enjoyed today so much that I may now go on to study to become and NLP Practitioner. Thank you!

Niel Copy (People Matters HR)

I thought that the opportunity to participate and interact, rather than just sit and listen to advice, was excellent.  I thoroughly enjoyed learning a bit about NLP and how this can advance my communication skills.   The linking of the NLP techniques along with breaking down my target market really helped me define my networking objectives.   I wouldn’t change a thing about the workshop.  It was first class! I loved it!

Barbara Sullivan (Business Development Manager For An Accountancy Firm)

I liked the relaxed environment and being part of a small group. Learning how to engage with different types of people has made a big difference to my confidence when networking.  This training has really helped me to improve my confidence and build more relationships.  It was brilliant and gave me a good snapshot of networking and how it can work for my business.

Terry Pollard (Plumbing & Heating Engineer)

I absolutely loved the rapport building section of the training and look forward to being able to establish rapport at future networking events.  I attend larger open networking type events, so this will be particularly useful, as I need to build rapport quickly.  I look forward to putting this into practice during networking and sales meetings.  The interaction was good and being able to practice the new skills made a big difference.  Writing things down is one thing, but taking part and putting things into action makes all the difference.

Silena Jackson (Architect)

Thank you for providing a non threatening environment to enhance my networking skills.   The workbook supplied was really useful and I enjoyed developing my ’60 second pitch’.  As a result of taking part in the networking training, I’ve already increased my confidence and realised how I need to change my approach when communicating with others.  An afternoon well spent, and I’ll happily attend any future training events.

Jannet Cotton – (Bryan Lee Building Contractors)

I loved learning the characteristics of types of people.   The biggest benefit for me was being able to create an effective elevator pitch and learning to quickly build rapport with people.  I will find this particularly useful when communicating with potential new customers.  From now on, I know I’ll be able to have more confident and effective conversations with people when I’m networking.  As someone who has only recently started networking, I found the workshop invaluable.  The only thing I’d change is making it even longer, because I was enjoying it so much!

Andrea Birtwistle – BBS (Marketing Professional)

The workshop really helped enhance my knowledge of people, and I know that I can implement these new sills anywhere.  Having a greater understanding of other people’s personality traits is such a positive thing.   I wouldn’t change a thing about the training.  All Good!

Ian Oliver (PSG)

I absolutely loved learning about personality types.  I want to present more appealingly when I’m networking, and I now feel that I can do this.  I will also be adapting the conversations that I have with customers to help gain more referrals from them, as well as with my business associates.  Although it was out of my comfort zone, I thought the role play segments were brilliant, because it helped to reinforce the messages even more.  I had a fabulous afternoon, thank you.

Lorraine Harrington (Physiotherapist)

Wow! I had a few ‘light bulb’ moments during the training and learnt a lot about myself and the people I work with. The greatest understanding, for me, was learning about why some people do and say the things they do and how to interpret their behaviour.  It was very insightful.  I’ve been networking for many years, but I know I will be communicating in a more positive way from now on.

Tony Nugent – (Anthony K Associates)

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