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“Stop selling your products or services at networking events. Start building your relationships by genuinely connecting with people” Jarrod Goldsmith (Founder, eSAX – https://JarrodGoldsmith.ca).
Today our #AskTheFedora answers the question of what to keep in your networking survival kit!
How many times have you been to a networking event and a person says “I forgot my business cards or they’re in my other purse”. Always leave an extra stack in your car just in case so you can run back and get some. There was one event where I forgot my hat because I biked to the event. Eighteen different people came up to me and asked me where was my hat. Ever since then I keep it in the car. As a survival kit I always suggest keeping a little pill bottle of multi-vitamins and vitamin C; bottled water, extra business cards and your name tag. But make sure your name tag doesn’t get scratched or damaged in any way so put them into a little box. And then you’ll never run out of the essential networking necessities.
One of the challenges in networking is finding someone to talk to who isn’t already in a conversation! How do you break into a group and join in without seeming rude?
Do you find it rude to be interrupted at a networking event? I would say no, because networking events are a little bit different than real life. Often, you will be in a group of three or four people talking and chatting-it-up, when someone else comes along who you know wants to get into the conversation. This person is probably not going to jump right in unannounced and say “hi, I’m so and so”. Usually the way it works is that someone will make eye contact with this new person, and then at that point the conversation amongst the three or four people may actually stop. Don’t worry. This is completely normal! Then the person comes in and if they overheard, they may just start joining the conversation. Or, someone might ask how they found out about the event, do they know some of these other people etc? Very soon, they will just become a new person in the group, or the group might even split-off into two separate groups. Don’t worry about interrupting people at a networking event, because we’re all there to meet new people. Happy networking everybody. See you at the next event. Because #eSAX makes networking work
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