This video encompasses some of the tips, suggestions, the dos and don’ts to consider when you think about networking with people or companies at conference events and meets.
Brett Bumeter and Warren Whitlock share their experiences and approaches about how one should go about the business of interacting with people, making connections and most importantly adding value to conversations while networking at events.
Brett’s Inputs:
–          Brett recommends one to go from table to table, learn about the company, interact with the person behind the table, share your bios and profiles and identify if there are any business opportunities, or connections worth making.
–          He talks about the idea of speed dating that he experienced and its advantages versus the disadvantages.
–          He shares his experiences about the NMX event that he attended where online software was used to collect info on attendees and the info on companies, which in turn helped people do their homework and find out beforehand about potential interesting companies or attendees that they would like to meet.
–          But he also mentions that this new school method might have been responsible for a low attendance since the software might have been too technical for people to understand and adapt to it.
–          As per him, it’s better off going the old school way of networking.
Warren’s Inputs:
–          Warren suggests preparing for the events by learning and researching about the companies that are of interest.
–          He mentions about going to as many events as you can to broaden your horizon.
–          He recommends going prepared, finding out about speakers who you want to connect with and that helps you shape your conversation effectively.
–          Warren also strongly suggests paying a second visit since that gives a strong impression of your interest in the company or the speaker.
–          One should find out about the attendees, read up on them find reasons to talk to them by adding value to your conversation.
Overall both discuss the nuances of old school versus the new school method of interaction and networking sharing practical experiences as examples.

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