I attended the Women in Food & Farming autumn networking evening recently and took away some great tips for networking, including…
1 – Preparation is key
If you’re attending an event soon, ask the organiser for a delegate list ahead of time so you can see who’s attending and do your homework. Set yourself objectives and plan your time.
2 – Don’t be afraid to say hello
In the first instance, approach groups of three or more people as it can be easier to get join in conversations with numerous people.
3 – Nail your elevator pitch
Answer these questions in this order to build an effective three-step elevator pitch:
- Who benefits from what you do?
- How does it benefit them?
- What do you do?
4 – Make time to follow up
Connect on social media and email after the event. Use LinkedIn’s ‘nearby’ tool or your QR code to speed up building your LinkedIn network.