Networking Event Tips?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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2372 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

@lawyerchick13:  is this a networking event where everyone is new, or is it one where some people are regular attendees, like a chamber of commerce after business hours event?

If it’s the latter, they might have a program set up of some kind where they have ambassadors for the very purpose of helping new people get introduced! You can try calling ahead and asking if its that type of event?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Look out for the other shy people who are also standing on the outskirts of the group — there always seem to be a few.  Take a deep breath and walk up to one of them and say hello.  I know it can be hard, but you can do it!  Once you do it once, you’ll see it’s not quite as bad as you’re probably imagining it to be.

Post # 5
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194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - ceremony at a gazebo outside, reception at neighboring restaurant on a lake

Research online for good ways to introduce yourself.  Memorize your one sentence introduction.  Memorize 3 questions for the people you are meeting.  Memorize your departure sentence.  Remember that most people LOVE talking about themselves.  If you memorize questions to ask people then you can keep them talking.  See below for some examples.

 

Generic example I made up: Hi, my name is _____.  I have a background/degree in ______ and am trying to gain experience in _____.  

Example I found online: Hi, I’m Samantha Peters, a current sophomore at Cornell University. I am interested in health and would like to learn more about careers in public health. I would love to talk with you about your career path.  Is there a time in the next few weeks when you would available to talk on the phone.”

Questions for you to ask:

What do you do?

How did you first get interested in your field?

What would be your main career tip for someone new in the field?

 

Closing: It was great to meet you.  Do you have a business card?  Have a good night.

 

Hope this helps.  =)

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