With a little forethought, you can make networking events low-stress & high-impact. Rule #1 for working the room was to be welcoming.
Rule #2 (of 3) Working a room:
One of our goals at business events is to be remembered in good ways so that prospects & clients will call us. Here are some simple tips for being memorable:
1. Dress appropriately but distinctly. An easy way to do that is to wear COLORS that aren’t dark blue, brown, gray, or black. Use color to be easily found & identifed among the crowd of somber suits. So if you’re a man & must wear a suit, be sure to have on a colorful or otherwise notable tie or shirt. For us women, it’s simple to add color to any aspect of our apparel.
2. Call people you meet by their NAMES. Believe me, if you do that, you WILL be memorable because so few people do it. If they introduce themselves & you forget their names, fess up & ask their names again. They may be grateful for you to re-introduce yourself because they may have forgotten your name, too.
3. Ask QUESTIONS that show you’ve put some thought into them. Before you get to the event, consider what’s in the news & how you could weave that into questions. What’s something you’ve read lately that might interest others? What are they doing that’s interesting & maybe off beat? Have questions ready that will make your conversational partners think & that will get them engaged in meaty content rather than claptrap.
What are YOUR tips for being professionally memorable at networking events?