We've all been to networking events, but how can we get the most out of them?
Attending networking events can be very productive. We’ve all been to networking events, but how can we get the most out of them?
We want to help make sure that you are maximizing the time you spend at your next networking event and business conference.
Here are some tips:
Chose the events you attend wisely -. When it comes to choosing an event to attend, think about who will also be in attendance. Could potential clients be there? Is this event relevant to your industry?
What steps will you take when you get home? - You should commit to following up with those you met once the event is over. If you felt inspired, be sure to make a plan on how you will practically implement your new knowledge to see real results.
Make pre-event connections - Social media is such a powerful tool when it comes to finding event attendees before an actual event. You can search your event’s hashtags to see who’s coming and personally make prior connections. This is a perfect way to set-up points of contact outside of the event itself.
Meet and talk with new people - It can be so easy to attend an event or conference with a friend and leave wondering if it was worth your time. Brainstorming some questions that will help spark conversation with new people will help you step outside of your comfort zone. Don’t just be on the lookout for new clients, these events are also great ways to find new mentors and role models.
Do more listening than talking- When attending an event, it can be tempting to want to share everything that you know. Attentively listen to others and offer guidance if you are able to. You’ll make a lasting impression by giving someone a leg up. You’ll also open yourself up to new insights that you may not receive if you were dominating the conversation.
At the end of the day, you want a return of investment on your time. We hope that these tips will turn the next networking event or conference that you attend into actual profit. .