Stand out at your next networking event- 5 tips
Networking events cost you time. It is definitely in your best interests, to make every moment worthwhile.
Great things happen at networking events, if you do it right. Here are 5 tips to help you stand out and make the most out of it:
1. Dress well
Looks and visual appeal tends to predicate a lot about how others perceive you. Weather right or wrong, is another discussion; it's the world we live in, today.
Besides, if dressing extra special makes you feel extra confident, you might as well.
2. A well-timed and resourceful exchange of business cards
First off, regardless of what you do or where you work, you must have a business card on you, it'll save you unnecessary introductory pitches and awkward "take down my number" moments.
The thing about exchanging cards is that it must be executed at the right times, not be overdone, and definitely not appear salesy.
Ensuring that every exchange of cards is resourceful is just as important. There must be at least some reason as to why the person receiving your details should want to.
This brings us to our next point;
3. Don't pitch at the event, leave that for later
Remember, you're at a networking event and your goal is to make new contacts; not sell to strangers.
Attempting to sell to someone whom you just began talking to two and half minutes ago, is not only a bad idea but will almost surely be a waste of time for both of you.
Any new contact needs to be nurtured, before it can be sold to. And doing just that shouldn't be the primary aim behind attending a networking event anyway.
4. Follow up after the event
Perhaps, more important that making new contacts itself, is following up with them after the event.
Sending out a follow up email, text or (if you're still digging it) letter to your newly made contacts a day or two after the event, is the right way to go about it.
5. Know when a conversation isn't going anywhere
When both (or all) participants in a conversation have finished introducing themselves, gossiping about the latest trends and having a couple of laughs, you don't want to be left staring at each other’s faces.
It's awkward and uneasy. When a conversation is over with, say your goodbyes and "see ya around"s and move on.
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