To make the most of your time at the event, take some time before the conference to familiarise yourself with the event itself, the agenda, speakers. Priorities yourself with the speaker sessions, which ones will be the most valuable to you? What sessions will benefit your business the most? Find out when the networking sessions start and finish.
Choose the conference sessions and topics that relate to what you want to learn right now and make a note of people you would like to meet and booths you would like to visit. Presentations will be made available after the event for you to revisit, however, the people you would like to meet may not be as assessable, so do not worry if conversations or meetings run over.
Meet the Members offers you many opportunities to meet new, like-minded business people. You can browse the 100 exhibition stands and meet a new contact, or two. Our one-to-one mentoring appointments are a great way to build up new contacts, or why not catch up with an old friend in-between conference sessions?
When you are attending an event alone, it is easy to “multi-task” and get distracted. Instead, try to reduce notifications, grab a notepad, and get ready to start learning and take full advantage of this huge networking opportunity!
It’s not what happens at the event, it is what you do after that is most important.
Be pro-active in follow ups, use social media to connect with people you have met and ensure that you follow up anything that you have said you were going to do in a timely fashion.
Have separate 121’s with key individuals outside of the networking sessions, this will also help to avoid getting into any lengthy conversations during the event that may prevent you from meeting other people.