How to Make a Memorable Impression at a Networking Event

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It should come as no surprise to you to learn that networking events are invaluable for you and your company. They offer an excellent opportunity to improve your reputation while also make contacts that can last you a lifetime. Needless to say, it is important for you to make a good impression at these functions. Unfortunately, it can be easier said than done, particularly if you tend to be shy or introverted at such events. Here are a few tips that you can follow to turn the tide in your favor during these type of meetings:

Always Go Prepared

At a networking event, you are fully aware of what your goal is – to make as many relevant contacts as necessary. Thus, it is a lot easier (and more important) for you to go prepared. First and foremost, make sure that you carry plenty of business cards and that they are on hand at all times. The second thing you will need to prepare is your pitch, which is a well-rehearsed and well-delivered speech about you and your company. The pitch should seem natural but also contain all of the information that a potential partner or contact will be interested in. As long as you have these two aspects mapped out, the event should go along more smoothly.

Take Backup

It can be quite awkward and painful to go to such events by yourself. This is especially true for those who feel very self-conscious in gatherings. In this instance, it would work well in your favor to take someone who is attractive, put together, and completely at ease in such situations. Now, it can be difficult to decide who to take with you, particularly on short notice. This is why it can help to hire a more professional individual to accompany you to the party. For example, go to website and find a large selection of beautiful women who are well-versed at making small talk.

Make an Actual Connection

All too often, people focus on getting their elevator pitch out of the way and fail to make an actual connection with people. If you want to really leave a great impression, get others to open up. To do this, the first thing you should do is avoid small talk as it doesn’t really lead anywhere and will not help anyone to remember you. Also, ensure that the conversation that you have is focused on stories rather than statements or one word answers. For this to happen, you should be more careful about how you phrase your questions. Make sure that they are open ended rather than inviting short answers.

Be a Good Listener

At these type of events, most people are in a rush to talk about themselves and their career. While you should certainly make a point to speak about your project, remember that there are other people involved in the conversation as well. So, make it a point to carefully listen to the other person and make thoughtful comments or statements. This will help to cement the fact that you are paying attention. By making someone else feel important, you will undoubtedly be remembered by them.

These are some of the things that you can do to leave a lasting impression with important potential contacts.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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