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the conference . Finally , pay attention to who else is following the conference social media . You may find a mutual friend that you can meet up with at the conference and ultimately make the experience more sociable and memorable .
2 . REQUEST ADVANCED ONSITE INFORMAL MEETUPS If you are truly set on leadership , commit to learning from others doing it . It may seem daunting , but you have to seek advice from those who are in positions you aim to be in . Start with one person at the next conference you attend . Pick someone you naturally have a lot in common with and you can see yourself sparking up genuine and lasting conversation with . Then , email that person before the conference ! Think of how busy they will be during the conference ; it ’ s almost rude to ask them to change their plans in real-time just to speak with you . Instead , ask them at least a month in advance if you can treat them to coffee , lunch , happy hour , or dinner during the conference . Be sure to suggest a location at the host hotel or convention center in order to make the outing as seamless and convenient as possible . Even if they decline , you can follow up and request a conference call or future meeting . each of them . Even if you just get to one of those people , at least it will be an intentional and impactful conversation and an opportunity to keep that conversation going after the conference . Power Networking is not about how many people you can meet but how many relationships you can grow .
4 . COMMIT TO PERSONAL MARKETING Do not just follow the marketing of the conference and its key people . Market yourself as an attendee . Post on social media about the sessions you are excited to attend and explain why . Poll your social media followers to see if they are attending . Prepare and practice your elevator pitch so that you are succinct and unique when introducing yourself . And please order or have your company order ample amount of business cards for you to hand out . Business cards are not for you , they are for the person you are giving them to . They make it quick and easy for them to remember you . In the case that you do run out of cards , ask for that person ’ s email address immediately and email them your contact information in real time .
Happy networking !
3 . PLAN TO POWER NETWORK Whether you are attending a small or large conference , understand that everyone is on a mission to learn and network . There will be people and sessions that you simply miss . That is why it is important to identify the people and takeaways that are most important to you in advance . Do not expect to go into a room and “ wing it ” with everyone you come across . It will be evident that you are not genuine or prepared . Instead , make a list of 10 people you want to speak with and 3 questions you want to ask
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MADEXXX MADEUS the conference. Finally, pay attention to who else is following the conference social media. You may find a mutual friend that you can meet up with at the conference and ultimately make the experience more sociable and memorable. 2. REQUEST ADVANCED ONSITE INFORMAL MEETUPS If you are truly set on leadership, commit to learning from others doing it. It may seem daunting, but you have to seek advice from those who are in positions you aim to be in. Start with one person at the next conference you attend. Pick someone you naturally have a lot in common with and you can see yourself sparking up genuine and lasting conversation with. Then, email that person before the conference! Think of how busy they will be during the conference; it’s almost rude to ask them to change their plans in real-time just to speak with you. Instead, ask them at least a month in advance if you can treat them to coffee, lunch, happy hour, or dinner during the conference. Be sure to suggest a location at the host hotel or convention center in order to make the outing as seamless and convenient as possible. Even if they decline, you can follow up and request a conference call or future meeting. each of them. Even if you just get to one of those people, at least it will be an intentional and impactful conversation and an opportunity to keep that conversation going after the conference. Power Networking is not about how many ԁ)Ё܁ɕѥ́͡ԁ)ɽܸ(и =55%PQ