Networking is a big part of hustling your way to success. It can, however, be easy to forget how to prepare yourself adequately for networking events, especially if you haven’t attended one in a while. This is why we have created this ultimate checklist of things you need to do when preparing to go to a networking event.
1. Know Where You’re Going
This may seem obvious, but make sure you know what kind of event you are going to, where it is located, what industry the event is targeted to, what the dress code is and what the focus of the event will be. You can usually find this information on the event page, so make sure you go through it before you get to the event.
2. Know Who’s Going to Be There
Networking is about building connections with the right people, make sure that the speakers will be relevant for you and your business and will be able to help you. There are a number of ways to see who will be attending the event. You can check the guest list and do a little bit of research on the attendees. This is obviously something we try to facilitate with our app, using the Presso app will allow you to see who else is attending and who is speaking.
3. Know What Your Goals Are
In order to ensure your networking efforts are worth it, it is important to determine what your goals are before you get to the event. Do you want to get as many email addresses as possible? Meet a tech expert who can help you in your project? A Cofounder? Writing down what you want to get out of each separate networking event will help you achieve your goals. Setting goals beforehand will also get you in the right mindset for networking and provide you with some key success/failure metrics which you can build upon for future events.
4. Remember What Works
When you come out of a networking event feeling exceptional because of an incredible conversation, or because you just made a very valuable new contact, try and remember what you did differently for this to happen. Keeping a little networking notebook can be a good way to keep track of your networking outings, including methods to connect with others that have worked for you in the past. Keeping track of what works in networking situations will help you become more confident in networking situations!
5. Keep in Touch
The value of networking comes from creating but more importantly maintaining relationships with valuable contacts, so do not forget to maintain and nurture the relationships you create through networking.
6. Be Persistent
It can be easy to take someone’s lack of response personally when networking. People are often busy, and chances are, your email will get lost in their inbox. Keep chasing up until you hear a response, no response does not always mean no.
Make sure you have a solid plan for attending networking events, a little bit of preparation can go a long way and will help you move forward in your professional career!