1. ____________ where you should network.
- Not All venues are right for all people.
- Do your research and find the venues that make sense for your business.
2. Make a decision about which ___________________
- You should join and which you don’t have to join in order to gain value from their events. For example, does it make sense to join a local chamber of commerce, or just go to the events that sound interesting and will most likely include people you should meet?
- What are some of the business networks and associations do you know?
3. Register (RSVP) for the event and ___________ it like a meeting.
- Many people either don’t sign up for events or sign up for them and then forget to go.
4. Determine how __________ you should be networking in a given week, month or quarter. This will help you narrow down where you should be going.
5. Develop _______________ questions you can use to ignite a conversation.
- Try to find unique questions; don’t ask the same old “So, what do you do?” if you can help it.
- What open ended questions can you think of?
6. Attend events with a plan to _________ something new. This will keep you from talking too much about yourself and your business.
7. Prepare yourself physically and mentally for the event.
- Dress appropriately.
- Bring business cards.
- Turn your phone off or set it to vibrate