By DeVry University
October 26, 2023
5 min read
October 26, 2023
5 min read
While knowing how to network at a conference might come more naturally to some, many may feel apprehensive about jumping back into face-to-face interactions in a large conference setting, especially if they’ve been working exclusively from home for a while.
In-person events, from large annual industry conferences to quarterly meetings of professional groups, have long been useful places to make new connections, expand professional networks, cultivate new client relationships or seek out opportunities to make a career change.
In this article, we’ll offer our list of the top 10 tips for networking at conferences in-person with confidence.
What’s the most interesting idea you’ve heard today?
Did you enjoy the keynote speaker?
Have you been to this conference before?
Have you ever seen such a (fill in the blank with something remarkable about a session you’ve both attended)?
Following your introduction, the other person just might ask what you do for a living. Here’s where you’ll need to have your elevator pitch ready.
An elevator pitch is a brief, well-rehearsed statement about who you are and what you do, and both could be beneficial to the person you’ve just met. A good elevator pitch is no more than 90 seconds long and has 3 key elements: an introduction, a value proposition and a call to action.
Keep your conversation short and sweet when networking at conferences, taking the time to listen actively to the other person and what they do, as this is the basis for meaningful engagement.
“It was nice meeting/talking to you. Enjoy the rest of the conference.”
“Let’s get coffee next week.”
“Please excuse me. I have to check in with my partner.”
“Do you have a business card?”
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