Professional conferences provide inspiration on the keynote stage, education in the breakout sessions, and (for many of us) perspiration during networking breaks. Wherever you fall on the continuum of introverts and extroverts, you can use conferences to bolster your professional network.
Choosing a high-quality event is important. You want to ensure the presentation topics will advance your career goals. Don’t forget to take a strategic look at your networking goals as well. What kinds of connections do you most need to make? You’ll choose different conferences to schmooze with potential customers, for example, than to find would-be mentors.
The most important part of conference networking happens weeks before you get your name badge and lanyard. Here are the essential steps you should take to ensure success at your next event.
Networking doesn’t stop when the conference wraps up. This is when the hard work of building relationships begins!
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