This week: Preparing for a Networking Event (like tomorrow’s)
As you all know I’m sure, the big Kickoff event is tomorrow night at 7pm! While I’m super excited, I’m also a little nervous. I want to be well prepared so I thought I would scour the web and offer up some tips for tomorrow. These links will answer your most important questions like how to prepare for a networking event, what to do to make the most out of it and how you should follow up with everyone you meet once the night is over.
1. Make sure you check out NYCi’s resources on preparing for the Kickoff Meetup!
Emily posted this on her personal site for everyone who couldn’t attend the Twitter Chat last week on How to Prepare for a Networking Event. There is also a link to the entire chat.
Make sure you know where and when you’re going and what to expect what you get there. Prepare now so you aren’t stressed right before the event. Also, it’s probably a good idea to buy any train tickets you’ll need in advance so you don’t have to rush or possibly miss your train. Yikes!
2. How does one actually network?
Increase your networking mojo by starting small, not apologizing, tapping into your primal instincts, being yourself, tapping into your passions and more.
Great tip from this one: Don’t set unrealistic goals. You can’t meet everyone in the room, instead set a goal to meet 5 new people.
3. How do I make the most out of this event?
Be polite and make a good impression with these tips.
Handing out business cards is great! Make sure you also email everyone you got business cards from and add them to your LinkedIn profile shortly after the event. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, make one! It’s really quick to set up and an excellent way to get recommendations from people who intern for or even your peers. LinkedIn is the ULTIMATE way to connect with professionals. You know all of those potential employers that you’re going to meet, your favorite college professors, your old bosses that loved you? They’re probably on LinkedIn and adding them to your network is appropriate. Adding them on Facebook isn’t.