Even in our digital times, networking is vital for business because a face-to-face conversation is still the best way to build and cement business relations. It lets us meet like-minded people, even from other backgrounds, and build connections. These connections could potentially lead to new business opportunities.
Meeting contacts in person also lets you exchange business cards. And in Asia, this custom is still commonly used to introduce oneself to other professionals.
So we’ve identified five superb networking opportunities here in Singapore. There’s something for everyone – from the visionary CEO to the up-and-coming professional.
1. For the Forward Thinker
SGInnovate is a key player on the Singapore tech scene, organizing events focused on innovation. Topics include artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and robotics. Some are highly technical, while others are more general. There’s something to suit any forward-thinking CTO, and those who want to know them.
SGInnovate’s one-off events and multi-day workshops are held at different locations around Singapore. Many are free, but registration is required.
2. For the Informed CEO
The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is a major presence in all aspects of business. It represents over 25,000 businesses, as well as local and foreign business chambers. The SBF holds briefings, talks, and conferences across many business-tech topics. The events attract informed professionals from several different industries.
For a high-level event, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the guest of honor at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.
3. For the Money Manager
The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) hosts a series of Breakfast Talks. The sessions cover industry trends and standards. Topics range from how to unlock cash flow to understanding cryptocurrencies.
The talks cost $15 to attend and are held at ISCA House at 60 Cecil Street in the central business district (CBD). But you’d better be an early riser: they usually begin at 7:15a.m.
4. For the C Suite
The Singapore CXO Community holds quarterly events for C-suite professionals. The casual settings encourage everyone to get to know each other in a low-stress environment. The events are also specifically for networking, so everyone knows why they’re there.
Entry is free, but guests must be verified before tickets are issued. This keeps things restricted to those in high-level positions.
5. For the Global Professional
The popular forums typically attract hundreds of CXOs. The event’s one-to-one business matching ensures your time won’t be wasted.
Attending these networking events in Singapore will connect you to people who may help take your business to the next level. Shake hands. Get business cards. Take notes. Put it all in your contact management system and keep in touch!