I am relocating to Europe in August. Any recommendations on how to develop business contacts?
I am currently in Australia but moving to Europe for family reasons in August. Although I relocated from Europe to Australia in 2000, I am really in need of creating a wider network in Switzerland, UK and the Netherlands. Do you have any recommendations on how to go about building a new network?
I have moved to foreign countries a couple of times in my career. My field of expertise is Management Consulting whereby I reorganize companies to make them more productive and hence more profitable. So I work with Accountants and lawyers who are great referral sources.
When I go to a new area, albeit country, state or city, I find the medium-sized accountants and lawyers and arrange a meeting. They are always willing to talk to somebody new as it can be a win-win solution. I then tell them what I can do, in for words or less, than explain how it benefits THEM and THEIR client. And I leave them a brief brochure (not a highly polished piece) that describes what I just told them.
You have to understand that these professional do not like to be sold - so no high polish. Make it brief and to the point.
Check out local BNI Chapters in the area & I would strongly consider joining. I'd also recommend the local Chamber of Commerce or Board of Trade. See what other networking groups are in the area you are going. I would visit (join?) as many as possible as fast as possible - then consider culling them down as time grows scarce & work starts to take more time.
My first step would be to start with who you currently know and review my social media contacts in LinkedIn.com or Facebook. Ask your current contacts on those sites if they know of any good contacts in Switzerland, UK and the Netherlands. Ask them to introduce you to their networks and contacts. Linkedin.com power isn't in staying in contact with the people you already know. It's power is in reaching out to the people you really want to know -- by linking you to them through other people.
I think that the best solution for you it's joining an expat association.
Europe is a diverse area, with each country and region having it's own language, customs, and mores. That said, it is populated by humans who will respond to the normal business and personal overtures.
It really depends on where you are going to be and what LOB you are in. I am in Switzerland, so if this is your destination, I may be able to help you. Just drop me a line when you are here.
Hi there! As an expat career coach I'd like to help you and also share this information with others. What line of work oare you in? If you'd like to contact me offline you may also do that.
First thing that comes to my mind is use LinkedIn. If you need connections I probably have some (not a whole lot but good for a start) since I am a European living in Canada and right now visiting in Europe. Connect with me and I'll help if I can.
Samantha, what is your line of business? and where are you relocating to within Europe? :)
It will help to know in order to point you out to various channels that may help.