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Networking can be very intimidating. Some of us dread introducing ourselves, let alone in a crowd or at an event. How do I start? What are good topics to talk about? What is the best way to join in a group at an event?
Nevertheless, networking at events are great opportunities to meet people and there are some points that you can take note of to up your networking game. After all, Singapore is the one of the world’s best, if not the best if I may say, location to build powerful networks and explore business opportunities. Don’t you think?
1. Master Your Message
A good way to gain confidence at networking is to become one with your message. You have 30 seconds to convey who you are, what you do and what makes you different from others. Market YOU. Position yourself as ‘The Expert’ in your field. Watching how other professionals introduce themselves can also boost your confidence and recognise your own strengths and flaws. Also, the more you repeat your message, the more polished it becomes too.
2. Dress to Impress
First impressions count. Think about it – How do you want to be seen? Some say people hold a subconscious belief that if you take time and care over your appearance, then you will take time and care over your work. As we meet many people at events, you’ll want to leave others with a memorable first impression. Of course, when you look your best, you will feel your best too!
3. Choose Events Wisely
It’s impossible to go to every networking event that can help you and your business. So, the right thing to do is to be selective about the events to maximise your experiences. Whether you are local or just passing through Singapore, business hotels can provide opportunities for business travellers. For the first time, guests at Park Regis Singapore can access in-house networking opportunities and connect with a larger community of like-minded individuals. In partnership with local networking group, The New Savvy, the aim of this initiative is to turn business travellers into savvy locals during their stay.
Ranging from topics relating to career, personal and corporate finance, and lifestyle tips, guests can attend bi-monthly sessions and each is limited to 40 seats on a first-come first-serve basis.
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4. Have a purpose
Whether it is meeting potential clients, finding a job or just socialising, having a purpose when you attend an event helps you be focused so you know how to get the most of the event.
If you have the event schedule, you can plan which speakers or sessions you are most interested in. Or if you know who you want to reach out to, you can make a point to catch them at the event.
5. Be Attentive
Have you talked to someone and forget their name a few minutes into the conversation? This can be very embarrassing if the other party takes it personally. A good tip during events is to give your undivided attention. Being attentive will help you connect with the people you’re talking to as the other party knows you are genuine. Asking thoughtful questions is a great start, but don’t be afraid to make real connections and engaging in meaningful conversations.
Being attentive to your surroundings can also help you seize any golden opportunities.
6. Be a Listener
Sometimes, just being a listener is an important tip people forget. Most people at events tend to talk about themselves, so listening intently can set you apart from others. Letting the other party introduce themselves and answer questions first may also let them be more relaxed and focused when it is your turn to speak.
7. Be a Connector
Instead of focusing on how to position yourself, sometimes you’ll never know how opportunities may find you in future. When talking to someone, you can think about how he or she can help someone you know and make an introduction. Building your own connections can build your personal growth. Ultimately, if you are genuine about sharing your passion and building connections that will be useful, it creates a memorable two-way conversation.
8. Remember to Follow Up
Attending the event is only the first step. What you do after the event depends on you. It’s important that you follow up with those you connected with and best within 48 hours to convey your interest. You can connect with them on LinkedIn or drop them a personal email. This is particularly important if you promised to send your resume or information about yourself, so they can keep you in mind in future.
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