My husband and I have this running joke.
I always carry my business cards with me in my purse. He says that I’m ready to do business at any time, even at the grocery store. I laugh at him but we both know it’s the truth. I’m always prepared. To me, anywhere I go, any event I attend, there can be a networking opportunity.

This has proven to be true at the office supply store. There were several opportunities when I met people getting copies made or just shopping for office supplies. Makes sense since my business is B2B, that the office supply store would be a perfect place for me to hang out. Thankfully, I’m armed with these tools:

Business Cards
I always carry business cards with me. I have a business card holder that holds about 10 cards and I have 40 other business cards wrapped in a rubber band in my purse. If I’m out at a networking event or just going to the store, I’m prepared.

Elevator Speech/60 Second Presentation
Being a BNI (Business Networking International) member has benefited me greatly. Every week, we go around the room with our 60 second presentation. Since I practice it three times a week for our meeting, I’m always ready to tell someone about my business in a clear, concise manner.

Listening Skills
Being a networker means that I am armed and ready with my listening skills. Listening is imperative to networking. It helps me determine if the person I’m talking to is my target client or if I can assist them with who they are looking for: a collaborator, potential client, or mentor.

Here are some more ideas for on-the-spot networking:
3 Tips on How To Break the Ice
Yes, You NEED to Network

What do you do when you run into someone who is in need for your products or services? Leave a suggestion in the comments section below.