Do’s and Don’ts of Speed Networking
[handout via @ECUPRSSA from their PRSSA Regional Activtiy]
DO: Act professional and polite.
DO: Have a firm understanding of who you are talking to.
DO: Refer to professional guests as their title [i.e. Dr...].
DO: As direct questions and listen to their answer.
DO: Make yourself stand out.
DO: Ask for a business card or contact information.
DO: Introduce yourself with a handshake.
DON’T: Waste time, think of questions!
DON’T: Forget to say Thank You.
DON’T: Ask the same question to every professional you talk to.
DON’T: Sell yourself short because you’re intimidated to talk to someone.
DON’T: Forget to smile.
I would also add, if you are in a speed networking session, act like you want to be there. Don’t act bored, act uninterested or act like you have something better to be doing. Also, try not to have your cell phone or laptop out. Pay attention to the person/professional because they are taking time out of their schedule to network with you.
Another to do: FOLLOW UP!
You meet such great people in a networking session that it’s important to contact them and follow up with them after. After a networking session, you should have gotten their contact information, so contact them via e-mail or their preferred method and tell them it was nice to meet them, thank them for their time and tell them you look forward to communicating and connecting with them further.
Speed networking is a lot of fun and takes a little practice, but you really can get a lot out of it, especially if you follow the above rules!