We often enjoy connecting with our online friends and feel comfortable doing so, but we might struggle when it comes to meeting people who are entirely new to us or who we want to impress.
Here are six top networking etiquette tips.
- Hone your elevator speech for introducing yourself. You’ll feel more confident and natural, and you’ll speak more smoothly.
- Have plenty of business cards handy. Keep them where you can easily reach them, such as tucked inside your nametag holder. If you run out of cards, invite new connections to use their smartphones to snap a quick photo of your last one or of your nametag.
- When you have a moment after meeting people, write on the back of the cards you receive when you met them and any follow-up you plan to do. This helps you remember people better afterward.
- In sessions and group meals, sit next to someone you haven’t met before and introduce yourself. Between sessions, try to introduce yourself to at least one new person. Every friend was once a stranger.
- If you’re inspired by a speaker, let them know after the session or later in the conference. If you approach them in the session room, keep in mind that the room needs to clear for the next presentation, and keep your comments brief.
- Commit to follow-up. Follow your new connections on social media or drop them an email when appropriate, especially if you’re following up on a specific opportunity. Be sure to remind them how you met.
Follow these six steps, and you’ll find yourself meeting new colleagues, making strong connections, and developing authentic relationships. You can find even more great tips for conferences in our ebook Surviving and Thriving at Conferences.
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