The BEST part of a live event is that fact that you are face-to-face with people and you get to NETWORK! And, one of the MOST INTIMIDATING parts a live event are when you are face-to-face with people and you get to network :/
It always has to work like that, doesn’t it?
I find that the best way to get the most out of an event is to have a mission (or goal) and to view the whole experience as one big opportunity. When you have a mission statement about the event, then it can guide you through the whole experience. This is really helpful when you’re going to something big (like a music therapy conference). Having a mindset to view events as opportunities has really changed my networking world and has made it easier. I learned how to do this from a woman named Pamela Dean, here’s the story.
Now, I wouldn’t say that I am particularly skilled at networking. It’s just that I seem to have a long embarrassment onset and don’t feel embarrassed until 24 hours later. Also, I grew up with my mother singing me the Mistake Song and I really think that helps too! However, whenever I share my networking experiences with mt colleagues, they always make comments that I’m really brave and crazy (in a good way). Truth is, I’m neither, but I certainly appreciate the compliment.
Here are some of my networking experiences and tips for you:
- How To Maximize Your Conference Experience (MT Pro members only)
- What To Put On Business Cards
- What To Have At Events
- How To Break The Ice When You Meet Someone
- My #1 Tip For When You First Meet Someone
- Two Great Stories Showing What Can Happen When You Reach Out And Say Hello
- How To Make A Personal Elevator Speech
- What Should Immediately Do When You Get A Business Card From Someone
- How To Follow Up After An Event
- Building A Support Network
- How To Make A Networking Plan
- How To Make Conference Goals