October 17, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Career Corner | The Science Behind Successful Networking

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By Kacey Schaum
Assistant Director for the Career and Leadership Development Center

Attending an event or conference where you are expected to network can be intimidating. Just like most skills, networking requires practice and strategy. According to Fast Company (Vozza, 2015) there are eight things you can do to make the most of your time at a networking opportunity:

Kacey Schaum

Kacey Schaum

  • Figure out who you want to meet beforehand.
  • Perfect your elevator speech.
  • Show up early.
  • Stand under the lights.
  • Mingle near the food.
  • Approach speakers before their talk.
  • Ask for an introduction.
  • Focus on others.

After the event, it is important that you follow-up with the people you met while networking. If you collected business cards, take the time to email them to reconnect and/or connect with them on LinkedIn.

See more details on these eight networking tips.

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