So, who needs a networking checklist? Let me ask you, have you gone back to attending events in person? I have, although I’m more selective than I was pre-pandemic. If you’re meeting face-to-face you might find this checklist helpful.
I’ve written a lot about networking, but what I want to share today is something simple and easy to use. A networking checklist to prepare you for your next networking opportunity. What to bring and what to do. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to more than one networking event without enough business cards. Okay, the truth is I’ve attended conferences and forgot to bring cards. So, this checklist is really for me. I hope it helps you as well.
_____Business cards: Bring more than enough.
_____Product and service brochures: Have the material you need to showcase your wares.
_____Resume: If you’re a job seeker.
_____Notebook and pen: Taking notes with pen and paper feels more personal and genuine than thumbing a device.
_____Carrying case: Bring a backpack, purse, briefcase, or computer satchel to store cards and collateral material, both yours and what you collect from others.
_____Elevator pitch: Whether your purpose is to find a job, solicit new business, or find a vendor, come prepared. Know what you want to say.
_____Comfortable shoes: Networking might not involve a lot of sitting.
_____Professional dress: Wear attire that fits the event, it’s better to overdress than miss the mark by appearing too casual.
_____Attendee list: Know who you want to meet, and why. Prioritize who you want to meet and how much time you can spend with each.
_____Goals: Understand why you’re there and what you want to accomplish. You should be able to say this in one sentence.
_____Event schedule: What time does it begin, and what is the schedule of events?
_____Directions: You don’t want to be late because you think you know where it is. Search it on maps before you go.
_____Social media: Post it to let others know you’re attending.
Check It Out
If you find this helpful save it on your device or print a copy and conduct a pre-networking checklist. I know I for one will at least bring business cards next time.
Are You a Good Networker?
I’d always considered myself an effective networker. I’m friendly, easy to talk to, and I’ve never met a stranger. However, none of that makes me a good networker – it makes me outgoing. If I wanted to be the most effective networker I could be, I needed a plan. That’s how my networking workbook, Help Networking started.
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