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Old 07.06.2012, 14:06
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Networking- what to do?

ok, i need an advice. i have been invited for a very exclusive date next week where i am going to meet 60 HR people, HR heads and recruiters from my industry.

i have been to meetings, conferences etc. but i was always there on behalf of my company. i never did networking on a personal basis, selfmarketing, the dance around the golden calf...erm...job!

what i did is to prepare myself regarding the topic, the speakers, guests.
i printed my own business card and fetched my clothes from dry cleaners.
but i have absolutely no idea what to do?!

from the moment i enter the room its all white noise.

whom to talk to, how to link myself to somebody? its going to be an apero riche, so i think its bistro tables but i dunno what to say?

my goal is to mingle, get in contact with (the right) people (that could help me getting a job, a link, address, anything related to job hunting) but this shouldnt be written on my forehead. easy, diplomatic but appointed.
leaving a good impression without the smell of desperation (that i dont have, but...) in short: im friggin nervous and need an advice to calm down.

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Old 07.06.2012, 14:46
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Re: Networking- what to do?

No need to be stressed. Just turn up relaxed and looking the part and just start talking to people. Ask people questions about who they are and what they do, don't be afraid to talk about what you can do, swap business cards with loads of people, talk to lots of different people, move from group to group if you have a chance.

You could see if you can get a list of who's invited and check to see if there are a few specific people you want to talk to and remember who they are when you go.

Otherwise, if you show up looking the part, and are relaxed and open to talking to the others it won't be a problem.

Just don't get too wasted on the free booze.
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Re: Networking- what to do?

and have 2-3 drinks before. That way you are on the same level as them and all the bs networking talk can begin. I have rarely gotten anything out of these gatherings as 1. everyone gets really drunk 2. people do not want to talk about work and only themselves. Dont throw your business cards around. Hand them only to those who might hold some higher position


So go and enjoy the freebees and count yourself happy if you get one lead out of it
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No need to be stressed. Just turn up relaxed and looking the part and just start talking to people. Ask people questions about who they are and what they do, don't be afraid to talk about what you can do, swap business cards with loads of people, talk to lots of different people, move from group to group if you have a chance.

You could see if you can get a list of who's invited and check to see if there are a few specific people you want to talk to and remember who they are when you go.

Otherwise, if you show up looking the part, and are relaxed and open to talking to the others it won't be a problem.

Just don't get too wasted on the free booze.
Good advice, also ask whomever you are talking to "do you know who is responsible for "your area of expertise"" so you can beeline them and get all the bases covered before everyone gets too pissed.
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Old 07.06.2012, 15:05
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Re: Networking- what to do?

haha, yes! a glass of wine might do the trick! and precisely that: i just want see whats in for me, not forcing it, not throwing around buisCards, not being to much on the frontline of job (hunt), work, bla, bla. just do a bit of smalltalk and if something unravels out of that ball of yarn... ill drop a few lines who i am, what i do...and maybe exchange buis cards. mostly i do this when i get asked for it... it is not my cuppa but it is an exclusive circle and i am only going because to turn it down would rather be offensive.


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Re: Networking- what to do?

I would prepare an 'elevetor pitch' about yourself (and practice it with friends/family a few times). It s not as easy as it sounds, I had to do it for a school course lately and it took all of us multiple tries to finally say what we wanted to about ourselves in 1min.
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Old 07.06.2012, 15:23
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Re: Networking- what to do?

Stand outside waiting for the smokers to trundle out; they're the ones with whom you want to network.

"Hello. I find these types of events ghastly, don't you? Do you need a light?"

Guaranteed.

(It's simple NLP: Yes, they're quite frightful... Yes, thank you, most kind... )
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Old 07.06.2012, 21:01
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Re: Networking- what to do?

Avoid going if you are nervous about it. There is nothing worse than somebody networking like crazy if it is not natural- there is a danger people remember you for the wrong reasons.

Like somebody else said, avoid spraying your business cards around like machine gun bullets, just pick a few people and try to 'connect' with them.
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Old 07.06.2012, 21:20
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Re: Networking- what to do?

get unholy drunk on free booze and check out any hot chicks
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Old 07.06.2012, 21:39
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Re: Networking- what to do?

And make sure that you are appropriately dressed - you will be remembered if you do not - for the wrong reasons.

Good Luck - and I hope something wonderful comes from the event.
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Old 07.06.2012, 21:47
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Re: Networking- what to do?

Leave your business cards at home. Go in disguise. Get in there, take THEIR business cards and get wasted on the freebies.

A couple of days later email the people with important job titles on their business cards, saying how you wanted to chat with them on the night but some uncouth drunk person put you off the event.
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Old 07.06.2012, 21:51
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Re: Networking- what to do?

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Leave your business cards at home. Go in disguise. Get in there, take THEIR business cards and get wasted on the freebies.

A couple of days later email the people with important job titles on their business cards, saying how you wanted to chat with them on the night but some uncouth drunk person put you off the event.
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Hey, what can I say. I like a freebie!
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Old 08.06.2012, 09:33
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Avoid going if you are nervous about it. There is nothing worse than somebody networking like crazy if it is not natural- there is a danger people remember you for the wrong reasons.

Like somebody else said, avoid spraying your business cards around like machine gun bullets, just pick a few people and try to 'connect' with them.
excuse me, but i have stated that in my posts what i will do and how.
did i say "crazy" and "spray BCs around"? if i dont hand any card out at all...fine! a negative impression is exactly what i want to avoid. i want to know how to do it, how to break the ice, how to talk to people if you dont know anybody, how not to appear like needy and a crazy networking idiot. and i said my clothes were already at the dry cleaner and i always clean my shoes. i have been to job interviews, i have been to big multinational events, meetings, networking when it comes to make business for a company, my job. this time it is on a private, self-marketing level.

the list of attendees i have but i have heard there will be no name tags and checking people out on xing and linkedin i could do... but i rather do it the day after...
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Old 13.07.2012, 13:52
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Re: Networking- what to do?

I hope my blog about "the unspoken rules of networking" will help:
http://job4u2-switzerland.blogspot.f...etworking.html
Good luck! and remember to also enjoy the event!
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excuse me, but i have stated that in my posts what i will do and how.
did i say "crazy" and "spray BCs around"? if i dont hand any card out at all...fine! a negative impression is exactly what i want to avoid. i want to know how to do it, how to break the ice, how to talk to people if you dont know anybody, how not to appear like needy and a crazy networking idiot. and i said my clothes were already at the dry cleaner and i always clean my shoes. i have been to job interviews, i have been to big multinational events, meetings, networking when it comes to make business for a company, my job. this time it is on a private, self-marketing level.

the list of attendees i have but i have heard there will be no name tags and checking people out on xing and linkedin i could do... but i rather do it the day after...
You seem to already be over thinking it.

Come the event I am picturing a sweating wreck jiberring the way round the room.

You turn up, you wear a smile, you look smart and you be you. Assuming you is not an arrogant ar$sehole who rubs people up the wrong way.

You introduce yourself when the timing is right, in passing, through someone you have already spoken with, at the bar while waiting for a drink.

You have spoken to people before right? Its not that difficult.
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Re: Networking- what to do?

I think the fact that you're nervous means you care about how you're going to come across and that's a logical reaction.

I attend meetings with customers regularly at industry events, so often like you, I walk in blind without knowing them and for sure it's nerve-jangling, even after the umpteenth time.

For me, there's 2 key things: 1) No matter how they're dressed or look, don't assume anything about who's in front of you. 2) Listen and watch carefully to what's going before opening your mouth.

If it's not too late, try find some of the other participants and what line of work they're in. See if any of them have a connection to what kind of work you're looking for.

Hope it goes well for you.
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Old 13.07.2012, 17:21
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No need to be stressed. Just turn up relaxed and looking the part and just start talking to people. Ask people questions about who they are and what they do, don't be afraid to talk about what you can do, swap business cards with loads of people, talk to lots of different people, move from group to group if you have a chance.
Agree.

And don't forget they are just as interested in you as you are in them. So it doesn't always have to be you who initates or drives all the conversations all of the time. If these are HR professionaly, they probably do it all the time so now exactly how to ask the right questions.
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Re: Networking- what to do?

You need an "in" to get the conversation started and an "out" to leave to speak to other people. I hate it when people complement me on something as the first thing - that's straight out of the books and sometimes comes out really false.

LinkedIn before hand might help. I was sitting next to the CFO of a major, major company at my husband's work do. I did what AlexS suggested and watched the people and could work out who was important. They waited for this guy to start eating, so I followed. Found out later via LinkedIn but wish I had of known beforehand!
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it was crap! mostly swiss and stiff hr people listening to some stoneage news about socmed/alternative media used for hiring and its growing importance for employer branding *schnarch*. it was exactly like imagined, closed groups and nobody let me in. it was terribly hot, small apero snacks, usual drinks...i sticked to water. when i entered the auditorium i saw a window open, a man n woman standing there talking. i walked over and after 1min i said that they have the best spot taken in the room because of the fresh breeze coming in... huhu, yeah...nodding into their prosecco, blanking me. one-way-convo... oh how i love it! so the theory that anybody might be interested in somebody was proven wrong. nice try, next.
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