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5 Tips To Help You Ace Your Next Networking Event

10 February 2018 No Comment

You may be staring at your calendar, in particular, the date of your next networking event. Thinking, “Do I really have to do this?”.

Networking events may not be your favorite thing in the world, but when it comes to growing your business – there is nothing more important.

The question is how can you ensure you get the most out of your next networking event?

Like it or not – networking events are your ace in your hole when it comes to connecting with like-minded individuals. Developing connections with potential clients, and so much more.

Which is why you really want to ace your next networking event.

The good news is through this article, we are going to go through some tips and tricks to leave a huge impression at your next business event!

Do Some Research Before Dressing Up For The Event

Research, research, research. This is probably one of the most important things you should be doing for every aspect of your business.

When it comes to networking events – you have a limited amount of time to leave your mark. Remember one conversation could lead to a game-changing client. That is why it is important to do your research.

Firstly, do some background checks on the hosts of the event. While you are at the event, you need to remember that the hosts have to cater for every single guest that decided to attend.

That means you will have a matter of minutes to make them remember you well after the event is over.

If a guest list is available – this should be your next pitstop. Some networking events are huge! So don’t worry about memorizing every single name. But it is definitely a good idea to highlight at least 3-5 individuals that you want to speak to at the event. These could be potential clients, like-minded individuals, or even business role models.

Leave For The Event With A Purpose In Mind

When you attend a networking event – it should be to achieve something specific that will benefit you or your business in one way or another.

You could be attending the event to connect with potential clients/customers. What about building valuable partnerships that will help you develop your business in the long-run. Perhaps you are even looking for a new employment opportunity…

Before you leave for the event. Take a second. Think about why you are going to this particular event. What is your goal for the day, and generally in life? From there, think about the ways that you could make this goal a reality.

Keep Your Business Card Handy – But Treat It Like Your Golden Ticket

We are sure you already know how important it is to have a stack of business cards prepared specifically for the event. After all, you want to be able to give important individuals a way to get in touch with you after the event.

But at the same time, these cards should be treated as rare commodities. When you attend your next networking event, we want you to focus on getting genuine value from the event. That means only giving out your professional business card to individuals that you make a sincere connection with.

Put Your Introvert Fear To The Side For A Couple Of Hours

If you are anything like me, walking up to a complete stranger and actually starting a conversation – NO thank you! It would be so much better to just relax at home, and enjoy a nice cup of joe.

Remember, there are other introverts at the event. It may be awkward, and nerve-wracking to do. But make it a point to introduce yourself to at least 5-people at the event. Who knows, you may just spark off interest in your business. One conversation could create a lifelong valuable partnership. All you need to do is say “Hey”.

Asking Tons Of Questions Is Actually A Good Thing

For some reason, tons of network event attendees do their best to come off as the best entrepreneur of the year.

If this is not your first rodeo – you have probably been trapped with a potential connection. The only problem? They spent the majority of the time talking about themselves, leaving you trying to escape at every opportunity.

Don’t be that guy – remember you want to build genuine connections, and potential partnerships.

Take the time to ask thoughtful questions. Some of the answers may even be valuable enough to implement into your own business.

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