Networking Events – and how to use them to make sales

Networking Events – and how to use them to make sales Helping people to make more sales from their interactions is what really floats my boat. Knowing that someone is achieving more because of a conversation they’ve had with me, whether on the ‘phone, in person, at a conference somewhere or online, makes me smile […]


Networking – the long game vs paying the mortgage this month

One of the pain points I found early on in networking was accepting the adage that relationships take time, with my need to pay the mortgage this month, as well as in six months time. Here’s a few thoughts, hope they’re helpful. PS. If you want to spend two hours with me and get this […]


Auditing your networking – a weekly task

Auditing your networking

Who did you have a 121 with at the business networking event last Wednesday? Can you still remember? Did you promise to do anything? To send an Email or make an introduction to someone else? Have you done it? What about that 121 you had three months ago. Can you remember anything about it? Particularly […]


90 articles about networking from The Networking Retreat

Books & Articles about business networking

It turns out that, over time, I’ve written over 90 articles about business networking. Not every single one made it onto this list, but if you want some free advice on networking, you’ll find it in amongst this lot. Enjoy! Are you nervous about networking? Following up – why you have to move onto their […]


Aim to be the first to bring value to your networking relationships

You know I do a LOT of networking and, if you’re reading this, I’m going to presume that you do too. After returning from a networking event the other day, I received an Email which broadly read “Hi Stephan, it was great to meet you this morning, I see that you are connected to XXX on […]


Stefan Thomas – networking events January 2019

The Networking Retreat

Happy New Year folks – these are the networking events you’ll find me at in January 2019:   Friday 4th January – 4Networking Didcot Breakfast – https://www.4networking.biz/find-meetings/meeting//88844/ Tuesday 8th January – Business Buzz Witney with the wonderful Katrina – http://www.business-buzz.org/events/3580/business-buzz-witney/ Wednesday 9th January – 4Networking Witney Lunch – https://www.4networking.biz/find-meetings/meeting//89264/ Thursday 10th January – 4Networking Henley on Thames Lunch […]


7 ways to make more sales from your networking in 2019

Stefan Thomas The Networking Retreat

Over the last ten years I’ve attended over 1000 networking events, including over 100 in 2018 alone. I’ve also had the chance to work with hundreds of individual business owners, as well as some very big companies, to help either them or their teams sell more from their networking. I absolutely believe that networking should […]


The real value in events like the #mbsummit

Stefan Thomas - keynote speaker at the Marketing Business Summit

This afternoon I’ll be speaking at the Marketing Business Summit in Milan, Italy. This is a big deal for me, it is the first time I am speaking professionally outside the UK, and the organisers have rewarded me with an audience of over 500. I’ll be talking about business networking, of course, and I hope […]


Why your sales team needs training in networking skills

Stefan Thomas training in networking skills

Over the last few years I have worked with a lot of sales people and sales teams throughout the UK and Europe. Very often, the sales people are excellent, generating their own leads and closing sales, but equally as often they suck at networking. If your sales team are making sales, but you know they […]


Networking isn’t just about networking

Stefan Thomas The Networking Retreat

When people ask me to coach them in networking skills and to help them get better results, they usually start out by expecting that we will just talk about networking. What they are often looking for, in my experience, is to become ‘better’ at networking in isolation. I’ve worked with hundreds and hundreds of people […]


“I implemented one more thing from the Retreat and it has resulted in a new client which gives me a positive ROI within 6 days”
Claire McTernan – Employee to Business Owner

“within two months I went from an average of one client per month from networking, to five clients”
Samantha Rollins, Trinity Accountants