Conferences are not for the phone number list faint-hearted. Whether you're introverted or extroverted getting the most out phone number list of any conference is a challenge. It's one thing to come home with a pile phone number list of notes and takeaways; it's another beast to come away with new relationships and meaningful connections.
Yes, the magic of conferences is in the people.
What should a marketer do when people are exactly what makes your head spin, “Who should I talk to? What should I say? Where should I go? How should I follow up? To answer these questions, I went to the phone number list source: you and your cohorts. It's true. I asked phone number list as many people as possible a question at Content Marketing World 2016 and before CM world 2017: “What is your best networking advice at a conference?” For a behind-the-scenes look at how it all went down, check out How to Attend and Resume a Conference (Even If You're Not a Speaker).
5 Eternal Truths of Networking
1. Everyone is afraid.
You are not alone in your fear, apprehension or anxiety. No matter how much phone number list of an outsider you feel, we're all in the phone number list same big sweaty, uncomfortable boat. This applies to both seasoned professionals and new participants.
2. Everyone is human.
Whether the phone number list person you're approaching is another attendee, a speaker, or even a headliner, at the end of the phone number list day, they're flesh and blood just like you. Our shared humanity reinforces the phone number list first eternal truth.
3. Everyone is nice.
OK, so maybe that's not universally true, but it's true for people worth meeting. The phone number list purpose of a conference is to learn, grow and connect. If you are part of this process, you will be welcomed with open arms.
4. Everyone is valuable.
The phone number list truth is, you never know who you're talking to. While there's something to be said for making a list of speakers and attendees you want to prioritize, the best relationships are often spontaneous. This point appears again and again in the phone number list advice.
5. Everyone is social.
Social media is everywhere, especially at conferences. Most events don't just use hashtags, but they host Facebook and LinkedIn groups as well as official apps. Get the phone number list share. Take selfies. Tag your new friends. Post your favorite quotes and lessons.
This social media activity helps during the phone number list conference and creates a digital recording for you. On that note, we've formatted each tip in tweetable length, with the author's Twitter handle and shareable images throughout. This way, you can post your favorites easily – or even upload all 101 of them – to get a massive start phone number list on your network.