As I promised in the post of last week, I explain this week the advantages of connecting with people before entering the room. They are multiple:
• They are not in groups yet. Lots of people come to an event alone. They probably know people who are already inside the room or who still have to come. It is easier to make contact with people who are alone. This is more likely to happen in the moments before entering a room.
• They are not focused yet on people they want to meet. Most people who did their homework have a list of people they want to meet. And they start looking for them from the moment they enter the room. Unless you or your organisation are famous, you won’t be on this list. Connecting with them before entering the room gives you the opportunity to speak with them before they are occupied in other conversations.
• You get in the networking mood. You could consider these conversations as a warming up for the rest of the event.
• Maybe you find a networking partner for the rest of the event. If you didn’t bring a networking partner to the event, but you’re still more comfortable with having one, this might be the moment to find one.
Have a great networking day !
PS: this is an abstract from my networking book “Let’s Connect!” (go to www.letsconnect.be and get your FREE light version of the book)