Although we live in an extremely digital age, there’s still immense value in connecting with real, live humans—yes, in person. If you’re afraid of networking events because you’re a severe introvert, or maybe you feel you have nothing of value to offer other people, don’t worry. Check out some tips for killing it (in a good way!) at networking events.
If you’re looking for how to network at an event or where to start networking, look no further. There are countless opportunities to connect with others in your industry to benefit all parties.
Here at Post Launch, we do our best to jump at any opportunity to network with both industry leaders and business owners who could use our web presence marketing expertise.
Here are some suggestions for where you can start looking for professional groups to join:
Strength lies in numbers. When you get comfortable talking in a social setting that’s industry specific, you can learn loads from your peers and maybe even generate some leads for your business. Our best tip for getting started? Join groups you’re interested in; you network the best when you’re talking about what you love and connecting with people who share your passions.
Networking events can be for work, but they can also be fun. They can turn professional relationships into more casual, friendly ones. You start to learn more about your colleagues as people, and they will eventually build a trust with you that translates to other arenas.
Meeting in a personal setting can definitely be scary, especially if this person is still a stranger to you. Solve this by determining your motivation for your one-on-one meeting. Once your “date” has a mission or a goal to accomplish, it becomes that much easier for conversation to flow. When you meet with others in a more personal setting, you’ll start to understand them more and get a more intimate view of the person.
Pro Tip: Start on social media, and then transition to the common ground you share. Everyone likes followers on social, so it’s a good baby step. But for this to happen, you must have an inviting social account. Once you’ve connected, find their “sweet spot.” Coffee, tea? Dessert or drinks? ALWAYS take an active interest in the person outside of their professional industries. They are human, after all.
Here are some quick and easy tips to follow if you’re a bit shy and reserved but still want to get started at networking events.
What to do before you attend a networking event:
What to bring with you:
How to start a conversation:
How to leave a conversation:
Be creative and strategic with your networking. Find networking opportunities that match your passions. Last, look for a referral source, not a client. Instead of focusing on selling your service or product focus on finding new people to learn from or share great industry news with.
If you’re looking for a great place to get started networking, try our social media profiles. We’d love to hear what you have to say about Internet marketing and the digital world. Connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Leave a comment on a post or reply saying, “I’m not a zombie!” so we know there are real live humans out there in the world, after all.