Networking events: Love 'em or hate 'em, they're a necessary part of life as a business professional if you want to grow your sphere of influence and your affiliate network. Shows like ILCT and LAB Live let you meet like-minded individuals and make important business connections; they may even net you a much-needed job or affiliate.
Despite the potential benefits of networking, few of us plan ahead and think about how to make the most of the opportunity. But there are at least 19 strategies that successful networkers can use to connect and impress at business events.
If there are individuals you're hoping to meet (and impress) at your next event, do some pre-meeting research online. Scope out these individuals' LinkedIn profiles to learn the basics about them and look for common connections.
Prior to arriving at the event, take a few minutes to research the layout of the hotel and event space. You’ll figure out...