Some workshops and conferences you attend can often leave a lot to be desired. You leave these disappointing events feeling dissatisfied, especially if the speaker shows up late or is disorganised.
How can you make the most out of these ho hum events and get the most out of your money and time?
You may not be the only one feeling disappointed.
Look around. You are probably surrounded by like-minded people who you can do business with, or you can add another contact to your phone.
These events are big networking opportunities. Just recently, I left with a new client and new friends after looking around and mingling at a pretty average event.
Here are some tips to get the most out of an event like this.
Get a good seat
Rather than sit at the same seat, if possible, move around so you can sit with more than just the same people.
Look around during the breaks
Sure the breaks are great to check emails but they are perfect opportunity to chat with other attendees.
Bond over the event
A big event like a conference can be overwhelming, but an easy way to meet new people is to chat about the program or a speaker you like. A good way to get this conversation started is to ask, “My head is overloaded with great information from today; what gem has resonated with you?”
The best way to start a conversation while networking is simply saying, “Hello, I’m [name]. What’s your business (or what do you do)?” Don’t forget if you see someone on their own, think of it as the perfect opportunity to say “hi”, ask them how they are and introduce yourself. It can be as easy as that.
Get their contact
If you’ve connected with interesting people, contact them to have coffee or a catch up after the event. Also, you should just stay in contact by connecting with everyone you’ve met on LinkedIn.
You should really take advantage of these ho hum events. They may not always be engaging and great but you may walk away with more opportunities.
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