A professional conference is a good way of listening to experts, meet like-minded people and feel like you are part of the community. When attending a professional conference there are a few networking tips that you need to know.
You can add lunches, breakfast and coffee appointments to your calendar. Invite clients and referral sources so that they can join you.
Have business cards
Keep contacts fresh
Every month touch base with important contacts. Send a link to an article that will interest them. Ask how business is going or wish them a lovely day.
Select events wisely
Choose events and sessions that you attend carefully. Map out your schedule the day before, if possible.
Make a friend
If you don’t know anyone attending the conference look for a person who is sitting alone or standing.
Do not forget names
If you meet somebody at a workshop and then see them again later at a cocktail reception but forgot his/her name, it can be embarrassing. It’s vital that you develop techniques that are creative so that you do not forget people’s names.
Leverage social networking
Social media isn’t just for teenagers! LinkedIn is a great digital resource to help with your networking.
You paid money so that you could attend a conference, follow up is a vital point when it comes to networking.
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