I recently did an interview about my latest networking tricks with Ed Gandia for his B2B Launcher podcast. We talked about all sorts of things, including how to choose the right event to attend, and how to prepare to make the best of your time. Additionally, I shared a few of my secrets for standing out, getting noticed and increasing your chances of starting a dialogue that can continue after the event. Here’s a bit of what we talked about:
Pre-connecting via Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Facebook before an in person event can allay your fear of rejection and help build confidence to make you feel more comfortable approaching people at the event! It helps to bridge the gap of walking up to someone you don’t know as opposed to someone that has already expressed an interest in building a relationship.
A fun and great way to help someone recognize you is to print out your Twitter pic and put it on your name tag. This can help others make the association of who you are, since people can look different in person or use other images than their own on Twitter.