The Incredible Value of Face-to-Face Networking for an MSP Business

MSP businessNetworking events can at times seem rather perfunctory or, worse, shallow, but don’t overlook face-to-face networking. There are aspects to interacting with people live and in person that can be invaluable to an MSP business, and frankly, there just isn’t any way to replicate those benefits in the digital domain.

The digital world empowers a new era of business that is faster, more cost-effective, efficient and dynamic, but after all is said and done, we’re talking about human beings working with human beings.

Human Understanding

Add human beings and advanced technology together, and you can end up with complex issues. Working through complex issues requires human understanding. Despite the greatest efforts to develop streamlined, efficient online channels for supporting users through complex issues, even a little bit of human interaction can really go a long way.

Just look at the power available from live chat support. Now, magnify that power with the human interaction available when you’re networking face-to-face with someone. It really can be powerful and valuable both to your MSP business and to clients and prospects.

Empathy

Oh boy, this is a big one. A lot of bright people already struggle with human empathy. It’s a factor in the autism spectrum, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Also, restricting your networking to online channels pretty much eliminates any chance of engaging in an empathetic way. Trust us— the scope for empathy that’s available when you meet people face to face can really help when it comes to fostering and strengthening professional relationships.

At the end of the phone, an email chain or chatbot, users can easily become so frustrated that they give up trying to get an issue addressed. Frequently, the frustration stems from them feeling as if they’re simply not being heard, whether that is because the programmatic support flow doesn’t fit their needs or they’re on hold for what seems like hours.

Meet someone in person, so they can see your eyes, read your face and witness first-hand the fact that you actually listen and are taking a keen interest. That same person’s gut-wrenching frustration can be completely eliminated. The fact that you seem to care and even appreciate how their problem affects them can be the difference between getting bad PR and gaining a devoted client.

Feedback

This brings us to another big benefit of face-to-face networking. When you meet prospects or clients in person, you’re much more likely to get useful feedback. This is partly because they see you’re interested and partly because you can ask questions and guide the conversation into areas that help you understand the issue much better. You might even be able to draw up solutions right there and then with the client. Of course, if they’re not clients and you’ve just delivered a viable solution, you could well have won yourself a valuable new client.

Personality

When it comes to winning clients and business, it’s largely a hearts and minds project. After all, if clients can feel truly confident that you’ll deliver what they need, then why wouldn’t they do business with you? When you network face to face, you inject your personality into the relationship. Slick brochures, snappy slide presentations and a solid online presence are fantastic, but a winning personality really builds powerful relationships. People like to deal with other people they like.

Body Language

The most powerful aspects of communication don’t even involve the words being spoken. Most of communication is actually imparted through body language. Another big chunk of communication is through the tone of voice being used, rather than the words being said. You can use that to your advantage by both reading the other person and communicating to them.

We live in an age of incredible communication options and speed. It is so easy to stay in touch and do so efficiently. For a winning MSP business, however, something more is needed than phone, email and chat. Leverage the power of the tips highlighted above (and others you can research), and you’ll become a networking superstar.

Jason Simons

Jason Simons

Jason and his brother, Daniel Simons own and operate the 36 year-old managed services company in San Antonio, Houston and Austin. ICS is a second-generation company specializing in managed IT services company in San AntonioManaged IT Services, VoIP, Video and Cabling for businesses. Jason grew up in the technology sector working summers and weekends doing everything from cabling to installing phone systems and data networks. In 1997, Jason graduated from Texas A&M University with a Business Degree in Management. From there, he began working in at the IT Support Houston location for ICS as the Operations Manager, then the Sales Manager, the Branch Manager and in 2008 became a 50% owner and partner with Daniel Simons. Jason specializes in IT services that allow Houston businesses to operate more efficiently, effectively and in a secure manner. Jason is a business owner that understands how to leverage IT services to improve your San Antonio organization and is not just an IT consulting technician who is attempting to operate a business.. Jason and Daniel have a profound focus on customer service with the pride of a second-generation family owned business. With IT Support offices in San Antonio, Houston and Austin, the ICS team is positioned to provide the highest level of IT and VoIP services to your organization. Jason is passionate about implementing their core values to build one of the Leading IT companies in Houston and San Antonio !