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Your Conference Checklist for Successful Networking

Conferences are an exciting time for a business professional—not only do you get to explore a new city and enjoy networking with new people, you also get to learn more about your chosen field from some of the experts in it.

If it’s your first time to attend a conference, or if you’re unsure of how to really get something out of your upcoming conference, read on for our checklist on how to successfully network during the event.

Don’t Forget Your Business Cards

The most important thing to bring with you to a conference are your business cards. A few weeks before the conference, make sure that you have enough to take with you. You’ll also want to take a quick look at the design to make sure that you don’t need to make any updates or give them a makeover. You don’t want to list an old position, phone number, or email address. Make sure everything on them is accurate. The last thing you want to do is have to scratch things out with a pen and write the correct info!

Don’t Drink Too Much

It might be easy to fill up on free martinis at the cocktail hour, but don’t get too carried away. You want to be clear headed as possible when you’re meeting potential new clients or colleague contacts. It’s fine to cut loose—it is supposed to be fun after all—but try to cap it at two drinks.

Find Two or Three People You Really Want to Connect With

Although you might think it’s best to network with as many people as possible when you’re at the conference, but many of those quick connections you made won’t lead to anything. It’s actually much more effective to network extensively with a small group of people. You’ll remember them better and the connections you make will be more meaningful. This could lead to all sorts of business opportunities—or at the very least, a brand new friend.

Don’t Forget to Have a Little Fun

Conferences are a lot of information and a lot of work, sure, but they’re also meant to be fun. They’re a small way for professionals to cut loose with like-minded people and have a few chats over beers at the hotel bar. When you’re attending a conference, don’t forget to schedule in a little time to meet up with your new friends for lunch and grab a nightcap with the people you met at the mixer earlier in the day.

Need some administrative assistance while you’re out of the office at your conference? A virtual assistant can help with that! Call Contemporary Virtual Assistance a call toll-free at 877-554-0333 to learn more about what services virtual assistants offer and how they can help out your business.

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Posted on September 19th, 2018 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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