More and more buildings are adopting a WeWork style model and with that offices are often filled with various start ups and people working in communal areas - so without realising it networking has become part of our daily routines.
Networking is the key to success of 78% of startups - so now more than ever we should all be out there. For whatever your purpose, be it refining your elevator pitch finding new investors or even just simply to expand your network, we should all be making the time for networking. Yes sometimes they can be scary, but here are Intelletec’s top tips to help you with any networking event:
#1 Set your event goals
To ensure you make the most of each networking event and meet all the people in the room you want to, it’s a good idea to start off by setting goals. These are things like how many people you want to connect with, insight you are searching for or infomration you want to take away with you.
#2 Research your targets
Once you’ve set your goals you will need to do a bit of research beforehand in order to achieve them at the event. Try reading up about the speakers - looking into their twitters or blogs, and identifying other attendees to ensure you are using your time wisely, and use your intelligence to make a good impression.
#3 Make a list
Don’t be afraid to mingle, it can be easy to limit yourself to a certain person or group at an event but you will get the most out of it if you step out of your comfort zone. Try making a list of people you want to connect with, and ensure to work your way around the room.
#4 Follow up
No matter how much prep you do beforehand, or who you meet on the night, all of it is pointless if you don’t follow up. Remember to connect, message and follow up!
So get out there & network!
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