Best Foot Forward in Networking Events
Networking events is one of the best places where you can meet potential clients, get jobs and expand your connections. This is a great venue to gain more information regarding your market and the current market needs. It is important that you maximize the opportunities that you encounter in these activities.
Whether you are new at networking or you have been doing this for quite some time, it always helps to get more insight on how you can make the most out of it. Not everyone is really comfortable with networking. But to succeed in the business world it is important that you do it all the same. So starting off on the right foot, leaving with a good impression and avoiding pitfalls is the key to getting a good network.
Introductions – First impressions do last. You want people to notice you and get interested. A simple introduction will suffice. Provide your name and what you do. You don’t need to go into the detail of your life. Two to three brief statements and an engaging question should get the ball rolling.
Make friends and get a foot hold– If this is your first time, its best that you make a friend who can help you get a feel of the event. Don’t be afraid to say that it’s your first time. Many will be more than willing to share experiences with you and give some friendly tips. This will also help you get your bearings straight so you would know groups to approach that would be beneficial to you.
Ending Conversations and Follow-ups – Saying goodbyes need not be difficult, remember you’re there to meet new people and to create a network. Don’t stay way too long in a group or else you’ll miss out in meeting other people. Usually five to ten minutes would be enough, and then move on to a different group. If you find interesting individuals you want to spend more time with, you can ask for contact details or even set up a meeting. Be certain to exchange information before you part ways. There are many ways that you can approach ending conversations, be pleasant, courteous, try to leave a lasting impression and lastly try not to burn bridges.
Forbes magazine did an article regarding what would be the best way to start and end networking conversations. There are a few tips that you can use that would make things a lot easier for you. In the end it’s all about getting used to. Keep joining networking events and see how this will greatly benefit you and your company.
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