Before, During & After A Networking Event
With most important things in life there are multiple steps and items to keep in mind before, during and after said event. So networking isn’t going to be any different (and yes networking is important). So let’s jump right into it.
Things to keep in mind BEFORE a networking event
Do your research
What event are you going to?
Who is hosting the event?
Is there a public guest list? (to see if you know anyone else going)
What time does it start?
Is the entire event networking or is only the first 30 minutes open networking and then a talk
What’s the address?
Do you know where to park?
Is there a dress code?
Sometimes better to be overdressed than underdressed
Practice your elevator speech
Keep it short
Keep it light
Practice to make it sound natural
Get materials ready
Promotional material (if allowed at event)
Power in numbers
If allowed, take a friend :)
But if not, know that you will not be the only one there flying solo. Majority of people go to networking events alone and are just as nervous as you!
Things to keep in mind DURING a networking event
Name tag etiquette
Use your first and last name
Place it within ones eye sight line on the right side of your body
Keep your phone in your pocket/purse/bag/etc.
You will look busy to others if you are on your phone
Busy people typically don’t look approachable
Hand out your business information
Don’t let it be the first thing you do though
Don’t be pushy
Shake their hand first and/or have a conversation before handing out your cards
Best practices to ask for ones consent or interest in having your card opposed to assuming they want your information
Be yourself (easier said than done)
Focus on yourself
Might help to focus on three of the most important qualities you want to shine through in your conversations (empathy, trustworthy, organized, good listening, “normal”, good eye contact, story teller…)
Things to keep in mind AFTER a networking event
Organize information collected from others
Business card or resources collected from events should be organized. If this isn’t done soon after the event, resources and cards can often get lost or forgotten about.
DIY excel sheet
Do it within 24 hours
You can connect via email, LinkedIn or call (majority will prefer online communication so they can respond when is most convenient for them)
What do I say?
Mention a conversation from the event, offer to help, ask to meet up…
At b.mindful Louisville we only rent to individuals that are licensed or certified mental health or wellness professionals. Therefore, making it easier for our tenants to naturally network, consult and refer to each other within our like-minded community.
We also host bi monthly socials for our tenants to step outside the office, let their hair down and get to know each other in a non-clinical atmosphere. Our tenants love this and see heightened levels of success in their practices because of built in networking opportunities.
Want to learn more about us? Message and ask away :)
Shannon Gonter, licensed professional counselor and founder/owner of b.mindful Louisville understands the nuances of private practice and finds immense joy in assisting other mental health and wellness professionals on their journal in private practice.