Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Are you always rushing to do ‘just one more thing’ before you leave for a networking event? Do you make just one more phone call or read one last email and then hope that the traffic is kind to you?
When you hurry in, are people already in small groups talking, or even taking their seats to listen to the speaker?
If you were to arrive earlier, preferably before the event is due to start, you could meet more people. You could have time to study the list of attendees and decide who you want to meet. You could stand near the registration desk and help to greet people as they arrive. You could introduce yourself to new contacts.
Networking isn’t just about showing up, it’s about planning to get the most from every event – and that means arriving early!