Listed here are 11 ways to have a successful network for a business conferences or industry events and hopefully, land a job or a few interviews. Attending events for job networking can be nerve-wracking and intimidating but reading the suggested tips will help to relieve some of the stress.
If you’ve ever attended any kind of a large event, even a large wedding reception that takes place in any large area, it’s valuable experience that can give you courage. Make sure you are knowledgeable about the business or industry you attend and it should feel natural to be where the action is. This can energize you into associating with the right people to make connections with. This article reads that anything such as over-large steel structures and loud or strange crowds comes secondary, so don’t be put off or feel intimidated. Begin networking and let people see that you know your way around. Here’s a list of tips that I have condensed for networking effectively,
1. Plan your day. 2. Practice your introduction. 3. Pre-arrange meetings. 4. Ask questions 5. Spread out, don’t cling. 6. Use Twitter and the event hashtag. 7. Find a way to stand out. 8. Bring business cards, ask for business cards. 9. Have a goal. 10. Blog about the event and sessions. 11. Follow up immediately after the event.
The only way to make these 11 tips effective is to integrate the steps, re-write and expand more on them. First, write them out and expand on the ideas to see how they can integrate for improved networking. For example, no 3. integrates with no. 1 and sounds less intimidating. Sending out e-mails is a good idea for planning the day of the event to find out who is attending, speaking and when arriving. For one thing in this way you don’t have to go to early or stay out late when there isn’t going to be to many people around.
Many of the steps do integrate together, such as I demonstrated above, since many interactions are called for in the tips and aid with intimidations and fears. This is especially true in no.2 when it’s suggested to practice an introduction with a business associate in 30 seconds or less. If you leave a business card as in no. 8, it would improve networking for a quick introduction. You could then follow up later and go back and ask if they have a card you could have, too. These are little things that improve contacts with the important people who may decide your future. These tips are basic but a start to ideas that can be developed more fully by you, just take the time to plan it out totally.