Posted August 22, 2015 by Megan Ross in Uncategorized

How to Get the Most Out of Networking

Seminar Review - Networking
Seminar Review - Networking

One of the biggest benefits of attending a seminar, besides the copious amounts of helpful information, is the opportunity to network. Having a strong network of friends and colleagues should never be underestimated. Someone in that network might be the key to helping you get to the next level of success. So how can you make the most out of the networking opportunities at your next seminar?

First, go in prepared with your introduction. Make it short and interesting and practice it so it doesn’t sound like you’re reading from a script when you meet someone new. What do you want people to remember about you? What types of people are you hoping to connect with? What’s something unique about yourself that will help you stand out? These are the types of things you should be considering when coming up with your intro.

Next, go in with a clear goal of how many people you’d like to connect with. If you’re a bit more reserved, give yourself an attainable goal of simply chatting with 2-3 new people. If networking comes naturally to you, make that goal a bit higher while always focusing on fostering genuine, quality connections.

Finally, take plenty of business cards with you. Even more than you think you’ll need. You never know when you might meet someone who knows someone you should connect with and the last thing you want is to be caught without a business card. You should also try to get as many business cards from others as you can, tactfully of course, so you can reach out to them later. But always remember, no one likes to feel spammed. Take the time to send out thoughtful follow-up emails. People will take notice of the time and effort you put in and will be more likely to respond.