If you know me, Sue B., you know that I love networking and connecting with new people. But I understand that networking doesn’t come easy for everyone. Conference season is quickly approaching, so here are four ways you can step up your networking game right now.
Pick the Right Conference
When deciding on which conference to attend be sure to select the conference that fits exactly where you are in your business. You don’t necessarily need to attend the largest conference to get the most value. Take a look at the speakers list to make sure the individuals will be of value in helping you learn how to grow your business. If you’re unable to attend in-person or concerned over the cost of attendance, consider purchasing a virtual ticket.
Connecting with All the Speakers
As part of your prep for the conference take a look at the list of conference speakers. If you’re unsure of where to find the information, take a look at the conference’s website. Most conferences will list the speakers’ bios and their social media channels. Start following the speakers, so when you attend the conference you can start tagging and tweeting at them in your posts.
Start Using the Event Hashtag
Be part of the conversation before the conference even starts by using the event hashtag. Not only will you catch the eye of the conference organizers, but following the hashtag hub will also help you to connect with people who share your common interests. If you have a virtual ticket, connecting on social media with other attendees is a great way to stay engaged in the conversation.
How Will People Remember You?
It’s important that you take the time to consider how you can make yourself memorable. Maybe it’s the bright bold colors you dress in? Maybe it’s your unique business cards? Or maybe it’s the way you take your Instagram photos? The most important thing you want is for people to remember you, even after the conference is over.
Don’t let this conference season pass you by. With a little preparation, and a willingness to step outside the box, you’re sure to find networking success. Still stuck on how to find business success on Instagram? Be sure to check out my new, free Instagram strategy guide. It’s filled with Instagram tips, strategies, and tools that are sure to help you make your business #InstaAwesome.