Last December, when everyone else was winding down for Christmas, attendees of our Winter Talk on Networking kept their eyes fixed steadfastly on their career goals, gaining tips on networking for their dream job. The session was led by Darryl Howes, a strategic networking expert and experienced training consultant, who tailored the session to provide pearls of wisdom to individual attendees based on their queries and experiences. If you missed the event, you can read Darryl’s slides here, along with an article he wrote for CCSkills with some stellar tips on skills for better networking. To give you a taster of the evening, read on for Darryl’s tips on preparing for a networking event…
Preparation is the key and there are a number of steps you can work through to make sure you’re ready to make the experience a success.
- Set objectives
Set a goal to speak to 1, 5, or more attendees at your event. This will provide a tangible benchmark as to how successful the event has been. Setting the bar low for your first few events will encourage you to achieve more as you become a more experienced networker.
Find out who will be in attendance in advance, what benefit they could potentially be to you, and what their interests are. This will give you the edge when making engaging conversation, and potential employers will be impressed that you’ve made the effort.
- Setting your frame of mind
Exercise positive self-talk before the event to set your mood and perspective. Emphasise your strengths and focus on the positive attributes that will make you stand out from the crowd. You’re giving up your free time, so make the most of it. And open yourself up to the possibility of having fun, too!
This is the tip of the iceberg, and Darryl dispenses a wealth of networking tips via Twitter – follow @netnightmares for updates. You can see the slides from his session here, and check out LinkedIn for more info on the man himself.
Our next Winter Talk is Top Tips on Freelancing for Creatives, with Creative Director and Producer Reeve Rixon on Friday January 30th. Find out more about the event and register here.