5 Tips to Prepare for a Networking Event
Some people get a little nervous when heading out to a networking event and I think it's because they may not feel prepared or know what to prepare for.
1 - Set time aside to follow up after the event. The magic really is in the follow-up.
2 - Take some time to prepare how you answer the question "what do you do?". I'm not talking about having an overly "canned" answer but an answer in a conversational way that is clear, concise and to the point. Then, stop. Do not throw up on the person who asked. If they are interested in hearing more, they will ask.
3 - Prepare a few conversation starters other than talking about the weather or asking people what they do. Be curious about those you are talking to.
4 - Bring business cards. This one is obvious but I have an opinion about pushing business cards onto people. Don't do it! My rule of thumb is I typically hand out my card only when asked or when it makes sense to ask them if they would like one.
5 - Show up with a smile on your face and an attitude to be open and be of service. If you're going with the intentinon of meeting some great people and seeing where things go from there instead of needing to get business at the event, your experience will be much more fun!
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