Getting the most out of events – 9 tips for networking
Most people agree on the importance of networking, even if it means getting out of your comfort zone. Networking can result in learning from experts in different fields, finding great partners and contacts and building your brand.
Networking is easier when you attend events regularly. Many events have special strategies to ease networking, but it is your own effort that makes the difference. So follow these tips and get the most out of networking events!
NETWORKING before the event
Remember to register on time. If there’s a list of participants, use it to get to know people beforehand. You can even arrange to meet people at the event.
2. Set goals
Determine what you want to achieve and devise a strategy. Are you looking for partners, customers, subcontractors, or do you want to get to know a new company? Do you have someone in mind you want to meet or do you want to talk to five new people?
Plan your introduction ahead, but make it sound natural. Rehearse you pitch, too, by reading our tips for a great pitch.
NETWORKING during the event
4. Be polite
Arrive on time and keep an open mind for the ideas of others.
5. Be brave
Attend different events either alone or with a colleague. If you are attending with a friend, try to have conversations with new people, too!
6. Be active
Make the most of the time reserved for networking. You can start a conversation by talking about the event, introducing yourself or mentioning a topical phenomenon. Be attentive and ask questions, but tell people what you are looking for, too.
7. Grow your network
Exchange business cards with people you want to stay in touch with. Introduce people to each other if you think they could have common business interests.
8. Use social media
Share your thoughts on social media and see what others are talking about.
NETWORKING after the event
9. Keep in touch
Keep your promises and contact people after the event.
If we didn’t mention a tip you think is important, please share it on social media using the hashtag #tpevents and tagging TechnopolisHQ. Check out our event calendar for upcoming events near you and register to attend!