Many networking events begin to lose its purpose without a game plan. There are some events that turn into more of a social situation, such as a party, which causes the focus to be lost. For those who wish to gain new contacts it is important to filter events that you are invited to and make sure they are legitimate. What will your game plan be when heading to a networking event? Will you be involved and prepared? Brazen Careerist offers some tips for those who wish to make the most of their networking experience.
Before you go
No matter how many members of your team are going, it always helps to get everyone on the same page. While you may not all be doing the same thing or talking to the same people, you want to make sure you have a common goal and ultimate prize in mind.
That’s why it helps to know beforehand who will be at the event and what you want to get out of it. It’s not that you’ll know every single member of the crowd, of course; it simply means you want to tailor your message and conversations to your fellow attendees.
For example, if you want to expand your offering to restaurant owners, you wouldn’t go in looking to talk to all the real estate agents you can corner. Not that you want to exclude anyone, but keep your eyes on the prize. You have limited time, so be sure to speak with the people who can help you achieve your goals.
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