Ask The Fedora Posts
Building on Jarrod Goldsmith’s extensive networking experience (and leveraging the whole ‘Fedora’ branding that he’s known for), he hosts a YouTube video series discussing a wide-range of networking/business tips that people find useful to help make their networking endeavors not only less stressful, but successful!
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Today our #AskTheFedora shares some good questions to ask at networking events.
My favorite questions to ask people at networking events is anything but business. A lot of the time I’ll go up to somebody and I know they are aching to give me their business card. But I’ll play around with it a little bit. I’ll ask them how did you get to the event? Was there traffic? Where you stuck in traffic? What part of town did you come from? I see you’re wearing runners…do you run? I ask them anything outside of business to really get to know them. Some of my favorite questions to ask is if you’ve been to this event before; have you met the organizer; is there anyone here I can help introduce you to? Because this doesn’t come across as a sales pitch. When you go out of your way to really connect with somebody in a way to help them connect with other people, those are really good questions to ask.
This week on Ask the Fedora: Time Management At Networking Events
If you only have an hour or two at a networking event, how would you make the best use of your time to connect with people? If there is someone you really want to connect with, it’s worth spending the extra ten minutes talking to them because you don’t need to get every single person’s business card in the room. When I first started networking, I wanted all the business cards. In retrospect, it was not necessarily the best way to do networking, but I was intentionally going out trying to get as many as I can and then following-up with people. Over the last few years, I’ve learned to really take the time to develop personal connections with people, even if this means not trying to get additional business cards. The way this is accomplished is by thinking to myself how I may be able to help them. Perhaps the person may even be in a position to help me in some way. Remember to always keep in mind that you should be developing and building long-term relationships with people. This really is the beauty of what entrepreneur networking should be all about.
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Today our #AskTheFedora offers some tips for remembering names at networking events!
You go to a networking and someone tells you their name and all of a sudden it goes right out your other ear. I’m really bad at learning someone’s name. What I try to do, (if they are wearing a name tag), I’d suggest you do not just stare down at their chest (that doesn’t look very good from either party). If you’re talking to someone and the person looks away for a second then I think it’s ok to quickly look down to see if you can catch their name. I always try to look for something a little bit different about the person. Maybe they have a really cool pair of glasses, or they are wearing a really neat belt, and I’ll try to equate what they’re wearing to their name. Yes, it might be a little tough next time you meet them because they might not be wearing the same thing, but the more you see someone, the more likely it will be that you can connect their name to them.
When you stop treating networking events as a selfish activity, (think take take take) you will probably get more business! Jarrod Goldsmith (Founder, eSAX)
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