Networking has always been hard for me (surprisingly). But, it’s how I build connections and found clients. It’s a tool that will always come in handy!
These questions always pop into my mind:
“oh… should I introduce myself now?”
“Shit… I only brought 4 business cards and one went into the lucky draw!”
“Ugh.. how do I leave this convo without making it awkward.”
I attend a handful of networking events monthly and I still get nervous. Meeting new people can be hard some times but you just need a few reminders to make sure you make the best out of each event.
- Bring your business card
A stack! You can never bring too many
- Arrive early
This allows you to get a good vibe of the event and start early on your networking and snag a good seat if there are seats.
- Ask questions
People love talking about themselves so ask awayyy
- Don’t be afraid
Your ‘Resting Bitch Face’ won’t be bitchy anymore if you just say “Hi!”. As much as you’re nervous to introduce yourself, people are too.
- A few conversation starters:
– Have you tried the food?
– What industry do you work in?
– What platforms do you use in your work?
– How did you find out about this event?
– How many years have you been in the industry?
- Leaving the conversation
A) Straight up say you’re going to network with someone else
B) “I’m going to check out this vendor, I’ll catch up with you in a bit”
C) The old “I’m going to run to the bathroom, I’ll catch up with you”
The last thing you want is to be caught in a lie where you said you’re going to find your friend when clearly you came to this event alone LOL.
- Always follow up
I always email the person that gave me their business card in the next day or two to thank them and to also re-introduce myself to make sure they remember who I am.
I hope you found those 7 simple tips helpful! I have also listed below a few networking events I love attending.