Attending networking events is great but what do you do afterwards to make sure the event was as successful as possible for you? At June’s Athena Executive Club, Gina shared some options for post-networking follow ups…
What do you do with them? How many are you currently storing in boxes, office drawers or your handbag? While it’s nice to receive a business card, to really make the most of the connection you need a system to capture that information – adding them to your contact list is a good way of staying in touch. Technology can help and an app like CardMunch does all the hard work for you by loading the contact into your LinkedIn account and contact list.
Leaflets and Brochures
Do you take them home or throw them away as soon as you leave the meeting? Sometimes they can hold valuable contact or promotional information, but only if you have a system for logging and referring to the data.
Notes from the event
Do you write them down and type them up later or type them directly into your phone or iPad? Find a simple solution you can stick with for filing your notes electronically. For example, you could take a photo of the notes and save them in a networking notes folder or in a system like Evernote.
At the very least transfer specific actions into a to-do list so they can be tracked and ticked off.
Tips for following up
1) Set aside time in your calendar specifically for following up contacts, especially if you attend a lot of events
2) If someone offered to make a connection or assist you in some way – make a note to follow them up to gently remind them – it’s ok to do this!
3) Always follow up on specific requests made directly to you – set the person’s expectations if it can’t be done immediately
4) Makes notes and set reminders for yourself – be practical and know what works for you
5) Book 1:1s with people you want to meet up with and set time aside to make sure this happens – meeting before or after a networking event is an efficient way to do more
6) Keep in touch – think about what you can offer them in terms of interest, value and content – social media is the most appropriate and effective way to stay connected
The most successful networkers are those who follow up after the meeting with good etiquette!
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Inspiring entrepreneur, master networker, visionary business leader and unconventional business thinker, Gina Romero embraces every opportunity with boundless energy and contagious enthusiasm.
Managing Director of The Athena Network, Gina has been featured in Her World, SG Entrepreneurs and on 938LIVE ‘They are Making a Difference’ series, and has quickly become known for her ultra business networking and brand ambassador skills. Gina is also honoured to be part of the Women’s Register team with Singapore Council for Women’s Organisations (SCWO), which enables her to bring her down-to-earth approach to aspiring female entrepreneurs and business owners.