Stefan Thomas first walked into a business networking meeting in late November 2005, following an 18-year career in estate agency.
Being terrified by the experience at first, Stef came to realise that there might be something in this networking lark and persevered, firstly with independent local groups and then BNI; before reading two lines in the local paper about something called 4Networking which had launched that morning. He registered on their website, got a call from the MD and, less than a week later, walked into his first 4N meeting.
Stef attended as many meetings as possible, learning his craft along the way. He started getting a reputation both within 4N and in other business spheres as someone who knew how to network and could teach others too.
Shortly afterwards Stef was hired by a national retail group to apply his networking expertise to their shop floor staff, giving them the skills and confidence to approach and engage customers in easy conversation.
Now a regular speaker on networking at business shows and other events, Stef is recognised as an expert on networking.
Stef became a Director of 4Networking Ltd in 2012, a position of which he’s immensely proud.
Stef lives in Oxfordshire and has three sons. If you follow him on social media you’ll know that he still spends too much time in the mosh pit at various rock gigs up and down the UK – something he’s been doing since 1984.
You can contact Stef on Twitter @NoRedBraces; on LinkedIn at uk.linkedin.com/in/noredbraces/; ...