With over 23,000 attendees including entrepreneurs, small business owners, investors, thought leaders and speakers at the recent Web Summit in Dublin, it was a fantastic opportunity for any small business to network and make valuable connections.
With so many different nationalities and business types attending Europe’s largest web and technology conference it was an ideal event for any small business to network. Based on this, we’ve compiled the 6 steps to effective networking. The regular networkers among you will be familiar with many of them already, see if you recognise your behaviour in our list…
1. Think of the event as a chance to make new friends. Many small business owners will be there for the exact same reason as you.
2. Take a long-term view of what you want to get out of the event. Remember it is better to make 3 good contacts than 20 rushed ones.
3. Develop a ten second-elevator pitch. It may sound obvious, but you could be surprised how useful you’ll find it.
4. Questions; have the right ones ready to ask the right people, at the right time.
5. And on the other hand, be ready to listen and act as a sponge, soaking up everything that is being said.
6. Follow-up; we all say we’ll be in touch after we network. And whether it’s through email or an online connection, it’s never been easier to do so.