A chat about honing all-important networking skills – what works and how to close the deal.

In earlier podcasts, Lisa and her guests have explored the benefits of networking , and how to start to take joy in doing so. Networking is one key business skill that often stretches architects out of their comfort zone. So, how do you broaden your professional networks?

In this session, Lisa and her guest Rachel Bell, of Stride Treglown, will chat about their approaches to building value in networking, knowing where the right places are and how to present in the most effective way. And in the Covid economy it has become more important than ever to build rapport with partners whether they are your next client, supplier or influencer.

It’s all about learning to nourish relationships so that you can develop your business, convert clients and close the deal.

Pride Road Franchise grew out of Founder Lisa Raynes refusal to accept that there was only one way for a woman to have an architecture career and a family life. She built her practice in the domestic sector, and then invested to turn her business into one that other ambitious architects wanting work/life balance can buy into. She had a seat on the RIBA Council (2015-18), was Chair of Women in Property NW and founded Manchester Curious, an urban architecture outreach festival. A franchise can be understood as a business-in-a-box; you are buying the experience, systems and processes of business success and enterprise.

Rachel Bell is an Architect, Director and Head of Business Development at Stride Treglown. Leading the Winning Work team alongside fellow directors, Rachel believes in building a positive client relationship to help overcome those project hurdles as well as developing a continued pipeline of work.

Beyond her day job, Rachel supports numerous initiatives in the industry. She is currently on the SW Regional Board for LandAid and is the National Chair of Women in Property, the influential professional development organisation for women working in the built environment.

As a visible industry role model, Rachel has won many awards and accolades for her contributions including being named one of the 2019 Property Week Resi Trailblazers and South West Insider Property Personality in 2018.

Per her mantra, Rachel encourages everyone to ‘Stand Tall.’

Watch the Discussion Here