ProBlogger Networking Tips and MOO competition winners
July 7, 2015 By Darren Rowse
Networking is always a big topic of discussion in the lead up to ProBlogger Event. Whilst it’s exciting for our attendees to come together ‘offline’, we understand it can be a bit overwhelming.
Last week we put a call out for your best networking tips. We’ve selected the top 5 tips and winners of a $100 voucher with MOO.com.
Getting into the swing of things . . .
“When I’m feeling overwhelmed or nervous at a networking event, I approach other people standing by themselves and/or looking nervous. I have something in common to start the conversation with and time to get to know them without the hustle of the main networking group. Once I’ve met a few people this way I can introduce them to each other when I bump into them later.”
“Find a reason OTHER than networking/introducing yourself to get the conversation started. I like to notice something about them and offer a compliment – a cool necklace, awesome shoes, the fact that they’re drinking red – whatever! I find if I can just make a comment about something to break the ice it makes me a lot more comfortable and makes them a lot more willing to chat. I actually practise this on total strangers too – because really, who doesn’t love hearing a compliment? Even if the conversation doesn’t get much further, you’ve gotten more brave about speaking up and they’ve gotten a nice compliment to make their day brighter. Win/Win. I’ve gone out of my way to notice things about people and compliment them and so many times people just walk away with a bit of a spring in their step.”
It’s not all about you . . .
“My networking tip: It is not just about me. I like to connect people and opportunities together, I think this is a great way make sure connections are made. So, I will try and suggest someone else or a business they need to look up, or make the introduction myself.”
“Be engaged and present to whomever you are speaking to, listen to what they are saying and don’t be looking over their shoulder for your next hit!”
Don’t forget and follow up . . .
“Take selfies with you and the new friends you meet because so many new faces, it’s hard to remember who’s who! Then take a photo of their biz card following) and you can look back and put the name to the face (and a good excuse to tag them on FB and other social media to keep the connection going long after PB is over! CONNECT, SHARE, ENGAGE! Bring it, can’t wait!”
A bonus tip from Michelle!
“If it’s someone you really want to connect with later, as soon as you can escape to the bathroom or somewhere discreet, write a note or two down on their actual business card so that you’ll remember who they are – “talked about pink hair”, “call later to talk about collaborating”, “needs help with marketing” etc etc. I’ve always come home with a stack of cards but no real idea of who was who and my little notes help a ton. I’m crap at remembering names and such so the little cues really help.”
Congratulations to you all – you’ll receive your MOO.com voucher via email!
Don’t forget – everyone get’s 20% discount with MOO for all your business cards and other printing needs. Check out the offer here and make sure you get your order in by 24th of July if you want your business cards for the event.
Also, keep an eye out on Friday when we announce other networking opportunities and details of our Friday night networking drinks.
We also wanted to leave you with some blog posts from the community which also offer some great networking tips:
7 ways to kick ass at conferences when you’re an introvert by Kelly Exeter for Flying Solo
It’s not always easy being… an extrovert by Alison Hallworth on Talking Frankly
How to network like a ninja by Carly Jacobs on Smaggle
10 tips for getting the most out of a conference by Mel Kettle on Mel Kettle Consulting
How to network when you know no one by The Merry Maker Sisters
If you have more tips or have written a blog post, please leave in the comments below to help everyone else attending the event.