Offline Networking: 3 Tips To Get You Started

Going to a networking event for the 1st time can be a very daunting experience if you have never done it before.

Offline Networking: 3 Tips To Get You Started

Worries could include:-

  • I won’t know anyone there
  • How I am going to avoid been left standing up the corner not talking to anyone?

Having recently started going to networking events myself, I thought I would share 3 tips to help you make the most of your networking experience

Get there early

Thank you to Emma Cossey of The Freelance Lifestyle  for giving me this great tip.

If you are really nervous about meeting new people, get to the venue early and introduce yourself to the organiser.

By getting there ahead of most other attendees, the organise should have more time to spend with you and be able to offer advice how to get the most out of the event.

If you can,  also ask them to introduce you to someone else that they know to get you going.

Smile

When you approach someone for the first time, smile and then introduce yourself.

A smile brightens every day and could just put the other person at ease.

You never know this could be their first networking event and they could nervous too.

Have fun

This might sound a bit obvious, but do try to have fun.

Once you have introduced yourself to a number of people, it does get easier to say hello. Before long, you might be cracking a joke with someone.

There is a certain camaraderie amongst networkers and everyone wants to it to be a success. Everyone wants to meet someone new.

Just go for it.  It is really quite amazing who you can meet and what you can learn from them.

Do you have any other great tips for getting the most out of an networking event?

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8 Comments

  1. Hi, Jo,

    This is my first visit to your site, and I’m so glad I came.

    I like your perspective, and stating ‘the obvious’ is really helpful because by making a point of it, you cause us to focus on making sure we are actually implementing these excellent tips.

    I’ve enjoyed getting to know you a bit more. Thanks for sharing.

    ˜Carol

    🙂

  2. Hi Carol,

    Welcome. I am delighted that you have been able to visit here.

    I wasn’t sure about stating ‘the obvious’ but you are right, it does help to focus the mind doesn’t it.

    Thank you for visiting.

    Jo

  3. Hi Jo,

    It’s my first time to your site as well and you’ve covered one of my all-time favorite subjects!!!

    I love networking and I’ve built a few incredible businesses over the years just through this one marketing tool and nothing else.

    I would add that the best thing you can do is be familiar enough with your business that you can converse in a way that is relevant and interesting.

    But the biggest key is; just be yourself!!!!

    Treat is any other social event and just have fun, meet people and don’t stress out over the small stuff.

    The last piece of advice I would have is don’t spend a lot of time on trying to meet everyone. If there is more than 15 people that will be difficult to do. Instead, look for that one or two persons who might make either a great prospect of potential referral partner.

    Remember, don’t try to market and sell at a networking event and be prepared to listen to what others say and offer some ideas to help them or introduce them to someone you know that can help them with something.

    It’s not about you, it’s about them!!!!!

    That’s the game changer!

    Great advice and post Jo!

    I hope you have a great finish to your week!

    ~ Don Purdum

    1. Hi Don,

      Welcome. I am delighted that you have found me.

      I think you are so right about being yourself.

      People want to see you, not someone you think they want to see. People connect better when they can see the real smile.

      Have a great weekend and thank you for sharing.

      Jo

  4. Hi Jo – Also my first time visiting your site.

    Whether you are doing online or offline networking, in theory it really shouldn’t be that much different should it?

    I mean think of it this way. You visit a new blog, like their content enough to leave a well constructed comment, the author responds to your comment, you reply to that. Networking with someone you’ve never interacted with before.

    Technically the only different with the offline variety of networking is you can’t hide behind a keyboard. Well I guess you could, but you’d really look silly then.

    I know, it’s easier said then done,

    I do like the tip of getting there early to interact with the organizer. That’s a great way to leverage that person to help break the ice.

    Craig

    1. Hi Craig,

      Welcome. Another new visitor. I am delighted to have you here.

      No, I agree, there shouldn’t be too much of a difference between offline and online networking but sometimes there is an advantage to offline networking in that you can hear the meaning in someone’s voice. Whether they are serious or not that is sometimes difficult to put over in words on a screen.

      There are advantages to both and we should keep doing both.

      Have a great weekend and thank you for sharing.

      Jo

  5. Hi Jo,
    A really useful post. I never think of myself as a natural networker and it is something I would like to be better at. The ‘get there early’ tip is a good one. I will bear this in mind as I am more of a ‘get there just before it starts’ kind of person. I would love to get to some blogging networking events this year so this is all helpful advice.
    Angie
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  6. Hi Angie,

    Thank you for your lovely comment.

    Networking is something that I continue to find challenging, but it is a great way to meet new people so I am continuing to practice.

    I went to a big networking event a few weeks ago and the ‘get there early’ approach really helped me to get the most of the event.

    Jo

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