It cannot be denied that being alone at a networking event can be pretty intimidating and you might feel uncomfortable, thus, you end up not enjoying the event. Aside from that, you could also notice that your confidence, wit, and charisma have left you once you are surrounded by different types of people. So, how are you going to survive and enjoy a networking event? Here are some tips that you should always keep in mind:
Locate the bar
The first thing that you should do once you have arrived is to locate their bar. It’s always a great idea if you sit in the bar because most of the people are going to the bar in order to get their drink. If you wanted to strike up a conversation with someone, the bar is the perfect place that you should position yourself at.
Just be yourself
As much as possible, be yourself. Be happy and witty and chatty. In that way, you will be able to develop a good relationship with the people around you. If you are not yourself, they will sense your discomfort, and they would eventually start feeling uncomfortable too. Therefore, you should make sure that there is a ‘connection’ between you and your guest so that you will be able to keep in touch with each other even after the event.
Set a goal
Before you attend the party, wearing your most expensive dress and trying to get your hair and make-up done right, make sure that you set a goal for yourself. What is your goal for attending this networking event? As much as possible, make sure that your goals are both realistic and reasonable so that you will be able to achieve whatever it is that you wanted.
Take note of everything
If they tend to give you their business card before ending your conversation, make sure that you take note of it so that when it comes to following up with them, you’ll be more specific and accurate about what you are trying to say.
Make sure to introduce your presence to the organizer
If you want to know more about the organization then you should introduce yourself to the organizer of the event so that you will be able to have an in-depth understanding of the said event. Aside from that, the organizer will also be able to introduce you to the right people that he think you might need to talk to to set you on the right path.
Be friendly around
In making a good impression, you should always keep in mind that you should treat people as if you are just food friends. For instance, if you know that interrupting a conversation just to give your business card will offend your friend, then you should not do that at all costs because they would most certainly throw your business card away. In striking up a good conversation, you should know how to ask great questions so that you will have a good flow of conversation.