Networking Tips: Continuity
Networking can be awkward for everyone - yes, even for your Member Relations social butterflies, Cate and Scott! For that reason, we will offer basic networking tips every month to help you prepare for events, quell your anxieties, and learn to make the most of any networking opportunity.
Remember, it's all about building community and making connections that inspire deeper conversations!
You made it... you survived the big networking event! Even better, you left with several great contacts and are optimistic about the prospects. The work doesn't stop here, though - now that you've got your contacts' business cards in hand, what's next?
- Remember to follow-up with contacts on any commitments made. This is pretty basic, but critical, and the importance can't be overstated.
- Ask for the best way to stay in touch. Some people prefer email or phone; others favor social networks like LinkedIn. Don't miss out on developing a great business relationship just because you're reaching out via a communication channel the other person doesn't use frequently.
- Get in touch within a week to maintain the connection (and memory). It's helpful to mention a conversation you had at the event.
- Feel free to reach out to the Member Relations team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any follow-up purposes after an event.