At the Networking Event

Navigating different networking events can be a daunting task – especially if you are new to the scene or an introvert. Here are five tips to help you feel more comfortable and to make the most of your networking experiences.

  1. Ask people to express positive opinions. For example, it is best to ask what they enjoy about their work rather than to ask what the challenges are.
  2. Set a realistic goal to meet 1 or 2 new people at every event. This is much more manageable than thinking you need to meet dozens.
  3. Shift your focus to others. By making others feel comfortable, then it will remove the focus and pressure from you.
  4. Practice active listening. This means really paying attention to what your connection is saying and not worrying about what you will say next.
  5. If you do not know what to say to someone, sometimes asking advice is the easiest way to get a conversation started. For example, if you have any new marketing material, asking someone his/her opinion on them is a great way to break the ice.

In next week’s blog post, we’ll discuss what to do after the networking event to help make the most of your experience.

Networking doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does have to be consistent.”  Michael Dulworth

~ Jamie, Program Manager

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One Response to “At the Networking Event”

  1. Angela West Says:

    great ideas Jamie 🙂

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