There are 19 Networking Nuggets that I share in the 4 ½ Networking Mistakes.
This week’s blog explores one of those nuggets…
Good luck as you work towards becoming a master networker.
By being among the first people to arrive to a networking event, you can skip potentially uncomfortable entrances and discover a couple of hidden benefits.
Let the room fill around you
By arriving early, you allow people to trickle in around you, slowly filling up of the room around you. This approach is less stressful on you, and certainly better than walking into a jumbled mess. Plus, should you start to feel truly uncomfortable in the crowd, you can leave with a clear conscience; chances are, by then you have already met those you had set as your goal of introducing yourself.
Help the Organizer
Often the organizers can be overwhelmed with things to do. Pitching in is often a way you can help gain credibility with them. Not only will the help be appreciated, you also get the chance to meet some of the more connected people there who, in turn, may end up connecting you with others.
Wait by the registration desk
There will be many guests who are nervous. By positioning yourself by the sign in desk, you can act like one of the hosts of the event and make people feel welcome. Being the first smiling face someone sees already gets you off to the right start. Taking the lead at check-in or with picking up name badges allows you to spot people of interest to you, and slip in a “hello.”
Guest Blog by Phil Bedford, who also is known as the Rebel Networker (www.rebelnetworker.tv), is a Master Trainer for the Referral Institute® in the Middle East.