Your next networking event can feel like another thing on your to-do list. You may write it off as a waste of time, especially if you are going just for the free refreshments or to talk to those you already know.
Have a plan. Go prepared. Don’t leave until you’ve met your goals.
Read on for a checklist of the four things you should bring with you to a future networking event.
1. A List of Questions
Come prepared. Create a list of relevant and engaging questions to ask those you shake hands with. Fill awkward silences with topics that spark conversation, build rapport, and make the most of your time interfacing with the people you meet.
How long should this list be? Bring a list of 10 questions. You can mix and match the ones you use based on who you are chatting with.
Questions to consider:
“What’s a new project you’re excited to work on?”
“What are your thoughts on [Insert new industry innovation here]?”
“How can I be helpful to you?”
“How did you get started in this industry?”
“What are your go-to resources for guidance in this industry?”
Goals to Consider:
1. Meet 10 new people and exchange contact information with them.
2. Find three ways to help three people.
3. Learn about two new resources that can help you stay up-to-date in your industry.
Have Answers for These Questions:
“What do you do?”
“What’s your career goal?”
“How can we help you?”
“What are the challenges you’re facing?”
“What are your goals for the year?”
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