Julia, my “soon to be” 13-year old daughter and current CEO, neatly prepared notebooks that we’ll be giving to attendees at our upcoming networking event.
The event will have over 80 vetted and approved attendees, so we better be prepared!
As you can see, the notebooks are counted, organized, stacked and, other than being packed — ready to go. All this hard work was done, no doubt, with a lot of love and a cute Post-it note!
Anyway, the notebooks are just part of the preparation needed to insure a successful event.
For those attending the networking event, I would hope that just as much thought and love went into preparing for success.
Use these 10 steps as a checklist to prepare for your next networking event!
1. Know your specific goals.
Be specific about what you want (more business, landing a job) and what you need to accomplish. The more focused you are, the more successful you’ll be at networking.
2. Know who you need to meet.
What industry, profession, and geography are the contacts that you need to meet? What companies are they working in? Again, specifics.
3. Know who to speak with again.
Who will be at the event that you’ve met before? Do you know their names? Do you have their business cards? Are you connected with them on LinkedIn?