This Friday, 16th September, for the third year running I am thrilled to be a keynote speaker at the UK’s largest networking event, The Business Networking Show.
A couple of people who are attending have asked me how they can get the most from the show. So here are my seven quick tips.
- Plan your day. There will be LOADS going on, so make sure you plan which workshops you wish to attend, which speakers you want to see, and who you want to meet on the day. You can get all of the info from the official website – http://thebusinessnetworkingshow.info/. There is even an app for the show, created, of course, by the awesome guys at Appware, which you can download for iOS or Android. Get onto social media and connect with the people you want to meet, and try to set up a 121.
- Tweet about your day, using the hashtag #tbns2016. Lots of people will be watching the twitter stream for the show and the wonderful Amazewall will be showing the stream live on big screens on the day. As well as tweeting make sure you engage with other people who are doing so. You’ll gain new followers, new connections AND you have something in common to talk to them about.
- Get around the exhibitors and actually talk to them. Each exhibitor has got something valuable which might suit your business, every exhibitor is an experienced networker and every exhibitor would love to talk to you. Just don’t try to sell to them, they’ve paid for that stand to promote their stuff on the day, so allow them to do so.
- SMILE and introduce yourself to people. Everybody has come to network, make sure you make the opportunity to make new contacts on the day. That’s what the show is for after all.
- Stay all day. This isn’t a show to turn up to for a couple of hours. You will learn something new from the speakers and workshops, plus you might as well maximise your time making as many new contacts as possible.
- Plan time as soon as possible after the show to follow up. Get connected to those people you met. Find out where they live on social media and go connect with them. Connect on LinkedIn, like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter and Instagram. And then let the conversation carry on. The sooner you follow up with people, the more likely they are to remember you.
- And remember where to be at 2:05pm – I’ll be on the main stage in The Ringside Suite telling you why your 40 seconds sucks, and what you can do about it. Come and cheer.
And remember, The Business Networking Show is the START of the conversation. It is your job afterwards to keep in touch, to remind people that you exist, and to make the most of the opportunities the show presents.
I’ll see you there!
If you’re into business networking and not already in my Facebook group The Networking Retreat, you really should be – https://www.facebook.com/groups/thenetworkingretreat/.