Networking at Conferences - Best Tips

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Networking at Conferences - Best Tips

  1. 1. Maximize your onsite networking experience. Brought to you by
  2. 2.  Know who you want to talk to – identity 5 speakers.  Do you research - use social media platforms like Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to know more about them.  Be ready to answer questions. What do you want others to know about you? What do you want them to remember about you?  Prepare open-ended questions – organize a list of insightful questions. Stay away from “Yes” and “No” questions.  Check the conference’s social media platforms – it is the best way to interact with other attendees before the event.
  3. 3.  Time is precious - Get there early, it will give you time to greet other attendees.  Maximize your time- attend breakfasts, lunches, cocktail hours and receptions.  Smile – appear approachable.  Small Talk - “I really enjoyed your presentation on…” "Is this your first #ACI conference on… ?”  Ditch the sales pitch. Remember, networking is all about relationship building.  Share information about yourself – But don’t forger to listen.  Exchange business cards.
  4. 4.  Add everyone you met to your professional networks.  Become a valuable resource to your contacts- post/share articles, links, white papers etc.  Engage with your new contacts on their social media pages.  Make it a point to follow up – a few days after the event follow up with a brief e-mail or note. Follow Us Read our blog Like Us Follow Us

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