Top 5 Networking Tips

Mar 1, 2024 | Audigy University

Networking Soon? Here’s How to Work the Room

Even if you’re not big on networking events, they can be rewarding to attend. Working the room opens the door to potential opportunities you may not even expect, whether raising your profile with area professionals or leading to a job offer on the spot. Learn how to navigate your next networking event — and get the most from it — with these five tips.


1. Dress to Impress

A business person iconNail that first impression with threads that match the occasion, whether business formal, festive and fashionable, or casual; if in doubt, consider leaning toward the conservative end of the look. Dressing the part will boost your confidence and leave a positive impression on whomever you meet.


2. Prepare an Elevator Pitch

A document iconFolks will want to learn a little about you. Chances are you’ll have something in common — no matter how seemingly minor — with everyone at the event. How can you prepare? Craft a short, informative pitch beforehand that kick-starts the conversation and allows you to showcase what you can bring to the table.


3. Research Ahead of Time for Efficiency

A magnifying glass iconAll networking events are set up a little differently, and time at these events can go by quickly. Do your research but be flexible. What do you want to get out of the event? With whom would you like to chat? Plan ahead so you arrive prepared to engage with current contacts as well as industry insiders you’re soon to meet.


4. Venture Beyond Your Comfort Zone

A handshake iconSticking close to friends or colleagues can bolster your confidence, but breaking away from the safety of your clique can also pay off in spades. A potential employer likely won’t hire your whole posse. Challenge yourself to set your own agenda, home in on what’s most important to you at the event, and initiate at least a couple of conversations with folks you don’t know.


5. Be Present in Every Conversation

A speech bubble iconNearly everyone has felt disengaged from a conversation and felt like running for the door. But commit to being present, listening with interest, and asking relevant follow-up questions: Everyone’s time is valuable, and each person brings something important to the event. You’ll build credibility, and it could lead to a productive connection you didn’t expect.

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