Okay so you’ve decided to go to a seminar/conference after reading my last blog post?Great! Here are some tips to make sure you get the best out of the experience and not waste your money or time.
- Carry pen and paper– Unless you’ve been blessed with a good memory, in order to leave a seminar and actually remember what was said I suggest carrying something to record with. I mean you can carry your laptop or use the notes app on your phone, whatever you’re comfortable with. If you’re lucky the event may provide writing tools.
- Walk with a business card- If you’re a freelancer/entrepreneur, it’s worth investing in some business cards. When you go to these events, they usually have segments for you to network. Make sure to exchange business cards (or at least contact info) with the people you meet. It’s worth working on selling your business in few sentences. Of course don’t just go throwing it around at everyone, try to make a connection. If the person may have a need for your services/product or know someone who does, this would be a good time to give them the card. You can design your business cards for free here.
- Ask questions- Jot down questions during presentations and speeches and ask them after. Some seminars are mindful that you might be nervous or shy and may give you paper to write on so the moderator and ask the question.
- Bring a friend- I usually go to these events by myself but I can definitely see the value in bringing someone along with you. If you’re more reserved bring your extroverted friend, they’ll have no problems asking your questions and helping you network.
So after the event you’ve still got work to do. You’re really meant to take something away when you leave these events. Learn something that you didn’t know before or meet someone you didn’t know before. Make it worth your while, even if it’s free. The work doesn’t stop at the seminar/forum/conference.If you lack motivation and drive, these events will usually get you pumped, however the high won’t last forever, remember to continue putting in work. Otherwise, you’ll be going to seminar after seminar and noticing that there are no changes being made.
Here is how you continue the work:
- Review your notes- Remember those notes you were supposed to be taking? Look them over when the event has ended. Read reviews of the event in case you missed something important or even talk to others you know attended. Maybe you’ll find people who are similar in goal and mindset and you guys can hold each other accountable.
- Check up on those you connected with– If you have the urge to toss the business cards you got, the person you gave yours to is probably thinking the same thing. A few days after the event, shoot them an email. It can just be something simple as it was nice to meet you. You can probably even follow them on LinkedIn with a short message of how you met. I’m going to be very honest, I haven’t had much luck networking at these events. Everyone is so happy and excited to meet you and promise to follow your socials and often they don’t follow through. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made some connections and of course, part of the blame is on me for not being more memorable. My solution to this would be to make the first move hence this tip. I’ll do a blog post on how shy/reserved people can benefit from networking soon.
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