Does walking into a room full of people fill you with dread? Do you leave networking events without having met anyone new? Are you stuck for conversation at conferences? Do you love the idea networking but feel your skills are holding you back? Or maybe you're just not sure whether there is any point.

We want to hear from you!

Gunpowder is developing a brand new training event to help banish your networking fears and polish your skills. But to make sure we have everything covered, we'd love your input on the situations you find the most challenging and why, and the techniques you'd like to hone.

There are a few suggestions listed below but please do tell us as much as you can.

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* 1. How confident are you at networking (the face to face kind, not from behind the comfort of LinkedIn...)?

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* 2. What kind of events do you attend?

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* 3. How comfortable are you networking at these events?

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Conferences
Exhibitions/Trade Shows
Meetups/Small industry or sector specific events
New business events
Client entertaining

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* 4. How do you feel in these networking situations?

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Walking into a room full of people
Introducing yourself to a group
Making small-talk
Making introductions (between other people)
Handing out business cards/contact details
Following up after the event

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* 5. What worries you the most?

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* 6. Is there anything else you'd like to share?

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* 7. Would you be interested in attending a fun, informal event to polish up your networking skills?

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* 8. If you were attending a central London evening event with some coaching, practical exercises (and a bar) how much would you be prepared to pay for a ticket?

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* 9. Thank you for your feedback. If you are interested in hearing more about the event please add your email address below or feel free to get in touch at info@gunpowderconsulting.com

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