Community building or personal networking is one of the best tools available to further your career be it job search, business relations or freelancing, and personal networking events are like breeding grounds to expand your professional community and gain valuable contacts.
Whatever may be your expectation from these events, your personal impact and communication skills are essential to it. Social Event communication is much more than showing up, grabbing free snacks, and swapping business cards. It's about building new relationships, gaining valuable contacts and expanding your community.
And to get the most out of these events, it is important to prepare for it professionally. Part 4/6
Aim to create a positive impression.
Your positive impression is not just the result of your tangible possessions. Your personal attributes and manners work in synergy with your physical presentation to leave a positive impression.
A smile is the best thing that you can wear. A warm smile can open ways to opportunities.
Spend quality time
Do you need to reach on time or stay till the very end? Firstly, this depends on the total duration of the event. We can work out some broad guidelines to make life easy, but this can vary situation to situation.
Arriving early gives the early birds a chance to get acquainted. But if it is a full day event, then staying later is far more important than arriving early, as senior position holders usually make a late entry.
What matters is that you don’t monopolize your time and effort but divide your time efficiently so that you socialize and build a couple of connections.
Social media and your smartphone
Smartphones are an integral part of our lives and nowadays most are inseparable with their mobiles. Then there are those who are addicted to constantly checking their notifications. Those addicted need to remember that they are attending this event to mingle and socialize with people and they can always interact on social media, with already connected contacts later. Generally, mobile usage should be limited to relevant usage during this event.
However, certain events are more dependent on online marketing. And sometimes we want to tweet and share on social media live.
If you need to use your smartphone for live videos, it may discharge quickly, so better to keep a power bank or a charger handy. Charging facility may be not be available or it may be far away, and you may be reluctant to leave your devices anywhere unsupervised.
I regretted forgetting my mobile charger at a recent event, and my smartphone got discharged after a couple of live videos. However, I managed to borrow from another delegate, but you may not be lucky, and get stuck in a sticky situation. So take along a charger and / or a power bank.
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