Are you looking for a job? Are you looking for opportunities to make business connections? Do you attend events regularly? 

Well, if your answer is yes to all of the questions above, then you need one thing: networking events. Networking events are an occasion where a group of professionals gather to build up connections. Attending networking events are essential to grow your career and also to create connections from meeting people down the line. There are various types of networking events you can venture into industry-specific seminars, career fairs, conferences, trade shows, workshops and more.

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Whichever event you attend, as long as you get to generate some quality leads, you’ll be on the right track. As for how, don’t worry! Here at Gogoprint we will help you make the most of your networking with these 5 important tips:

 

1. Follow RSVP

It is unwise to show up in an event “unannounced”, which is why RSVPs were created. Luckily for us today, modern technology makes it easier to register into the occasion, such as through kiosks, online or smart registration. For example, instant badge printing is now a thing. In just a few seconds, you can get yourself an event badge after checking in through kiosk with a QR code. This video by Event Nook pretty much demonstrates how swift and effective the registration process can be. After everything is set and done, you are now part of the event attendee and ready to connect! Oh, and do remember to wear your nametag or badge ( preferably on your right! ) during the course of the event. 

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2. Be prepared

Before you attend an event, make sure you’re ahead with time. Knowing the exact location and the time of the event can give you a good head start. Not to mention, being there 10-20 minutes earlier gives a good impression of yourself to your future employers or partners. Also, if you’re attending that particular networking event for the first time, you can find out more about that specific event’s dress code, after all, “dress to impress” will always be relevant when it comes to events! 

 

3. Research the attendees and come up with questions

You should be the first to ask the questions. Prepare yourself a list of things to ask your future employers or partners and learn more about them. This can create mutual conversations and make it easier to share more about yourself or your business when it's appropriate. Furthermore, you can also research the attendees through LinkedIn or Google to get to know them. Be sure to remember what they look like, so you can identify them easily when you see them without a need to look at their name tag.

 

4. Making an introduction and be yourself

First things first, introduce yourself with a smile and be the first to offer a handshake. Try to be as relaxed as possible and act naturally when you start the conversation. A nice conversation starter would be the event itself. For example, “Is this your first time attending this event?” can get the other person to talk comfortably with you. Adding certain questions like “what are your hobbies?” can smoothen up the conversation as well. On the other hand, avoid religious and political topics as these are sensitive issues that may create conflict between you and your interlocutor.


The location can also be a contributing factor when building connections. As many people often hang out at eateries during the event, chatting in places like the bar or a cafe can get your conversations going with ease.

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5. Bring your name cards 

This is a given. As name cards are mandatory tools to use in a networking event. They make it easier for the people you meet to remember and contact you. That said, your name card should have relevant, concise information that enables your future employer / partner to connect with you, such as:

  • Logo
  • Your company name 
  • Job title 
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Taglines
  • Website

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Moreover, bring more than enough name cards to networking events as you’ll never know how many you’ll need. Name cards are cheap and easy to produce, you can easily print them online at Gogoprint and have them delivered to your doorstep! 

 

Conclusion

Networking events are the way to go for mutual benefits between you, your employer, or your business partner. Make sure to go for it whenever there is an event, and after the occasion, make sure to follow up with the contacts you intend to pursue. You’ll never know when your next career opportunity will occur.