Guest post by Claudia Vandermilt
For many professionals, networking at a business conference can be daunting. Still, it’s often necessary and can be beneficial when done properly. Having an outgoing personality helps, though not everyone is naturally outgoing.
Focusing your energy on meeting the right people and making an impression are essential strategies, though both require practice. By following proven methods, you’ll be able to apply techniques to your effective networking tactics.
Conferences attract hundreds, if not thousands, of attendees. To stand out you’ll need to focus on what you’re trying to accomplish. Define your goal and stick to it, you’ll immediately narrow your focus to the most important areas and people to target.
Here are five key tips to networking at a business conference:
- 1. Build Your Social Network
Talk to others; taking a genuine interest in people you come into contact with is the first step in building your network of friends and associates. Ask others questions about themselves, their jobs, hobbies and families.
Get in touch with old acquaintances, distant relatives and people with whom you went to school. ...