3 Ways To Make The Most Of A Networking Event

Here are three tips that will help to ease the anxiety and make sure you’re maximizing your time and efforts:

3 Ways To Make The Most Of A Networking Event

Get daily updates directly to your inbox

Having a strong professional network is important, whether you are in the midst of a job search or settled in your current position and looking to advance your career. But the thought of attending a large professional networking event with potentially hundreds of attendees leaves many people feeling apprehensive or overwhelmed.

Here are three tips that will help to ease the anxiety and make sure you’re maximizing your time and efforts:

1. Use The Buddy System

Your objective is to expand your network by meeting and developing relationships with people that you don’t already know, so inviting all of your friends and turning it into the equivalent of a happy hour probably isn’t the best strategy.

That said, it can be a great idea to partner up with one friend or colleague—sort of like having a workout partner at the gym. You’ll have the comfort of having at least one person in the room that you know, plus he or she can help introduce you to people and potentially bail you out if you happen to get trapped in an uncomfortable conversation.

2. Set A Goal

If you don’t feel particularly skilled at working the room, you’re not alone. Even the most outgoing person can be off their game from time to time. Don’t head to an event feeling like you need to meet every single person in the room. Set a modest goal for yourself—for instance, try to meet and exchange business cards with at least three people. The day after the event, use LinkedIn to support your real-life networking. Seek out the people you met and invite them to join your network.

3. Focus On Giving, Not Receiving

The best way to build and maintain a strong network is to offer your assistance to the people that you meet. When you’re reaching out to connect on LinkedIn, for instance, personalize your invitation a bit. Try this:

It was great meeting you last night at _____.  I enjoyed discussing _____ with you. Let me know how I can help you going forward.

If you can help someone else meet a business challenge, introduce them to a colleague, resource, or potential employer or employee, you’ll help make a strong real-world connection, while also building your reputation in your network, which makes it more likely that help will be there for you when you need it.

Networking events don’t have to be intimidating or tedious. If you have the right plan, you can quickly build connections as well as your reputation. Remember, the best time to build your network is before you need it, and, like a garden, your network needs to be maintained in order to stay healthy and robust. Focus on making and maintaining real-world connections, and use your online social networking in support of your efforts.


Photo Credit: Shutterstock


Rate this blog entry:

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to our top stories.


Published from

Report this post

Add blog

What do you think ? Comment below

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment


Pure Jobs Blogger
Already Registered? Login Here
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
How to handle a Skype Interview: All You Need to K...
Pure Job's Top 5 Formatting Your Resume For Easy R...

Popular on Pure Jobs

Most popular

It is commonly thought that first impressions in business are the impressions provided by employe...
Sarah Ellis
06 July 2017
Making a little bit of extra money from home need not be difficult. There are plenty of ways to e...
Sarah Ellis
13 June 2017
How does your resume score?
How does your resume score? See how your resume stacks up. Submit now.

Career news, advice and insights -Purejobs


How Long Have You Been Job Searching?


Subscribe To Us And Stay Updated with the latest career advice on pure-jobs.com.

Related post

Follow us:

Advertise with us

Would you like to advertise here? Place your banner or link here.

Subscribe to updates from our blog


However, by continuing to use the site without changing settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.