Making the Most of a Networking Event

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Since we have a networking event coming up on August 17th where over 10 young professional organizations will be represented, we thought it may be a good idea to share some successful tips on how to get the most out of a networking event.

First off, why are you going? Do you have a specific person or group you would like to get exposure to or are you looking to learn about a specific topic? Think about your intention and the main thing you would like to walk away with prior to any event.

Second, scan the sign in sheet to see if anyone’s name or email matches your intended purpose at the event. If there isn’t a sign in sheet, ask the host if they are able to make an introduction to someone that would be meaningful to connect with.

Try not to spill your entire life story at the event. Keep your conversations brief, solicit information to get some insight as to whether this is the connection you were after, and get their contact information. After all, the whole point of networking is to make connections. That’s a plural word on purpose. Don’t trap someone in a conversation and limit theirs or your opportunities to connect with other people.

Lastly, and this is the most important point, is follow up. Card collecting does you no good. However, reaching out to other professionals to make that coffee or lunch appointment will get you that meaningful connection you were after from the start. It also allows you to have more in-depth conversations that allow you both to learn and grow as professionals. Also, this is your opportunity to share who in your network may be good for this professional to know and vice versa.

Now that we’ve given you the keys, it’s time to take the skills for a spin. Join us for our next networking happy hour on Wednesday, August 17th at 5:30pm. YNPN Denver and the Posner Center for International Development are co-hosting a fantastic event at 1031 33rd Street, with the guarantee of many young professional organizations to be there for you to connect with. Expect libations, snacks, and friendly people who read the same blog to connect with like:

  • Posner Center for International Development
  • Denver Young Professionals
  • Rose Andom Center – Young Professionals Council
  • Young Catholic Professionals of Denver
  • Young Education Professionals – Colorado
  • Young Government Leaders of Denver
  • Young Professional Members of the Colorado Chapter of the American Marketing Association
  • Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • The Village Young Professionals Group: Autism Society of Colorado
  • Brent’s Place Young Professionals

Registration can be found here, and we look forward to meeting you!

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