At this point, you’re probably feeling very excited about going out into the world and finding some awesome networking events in Atlanta.
Before you venture out and meet some awesome new business partners, I want to leave you with a few important takeaways that I believe are the most important points we’ve covered.
What We Covered
Let’s go through each major section and extract one single takeaway:
| Chapter 1 : Setting Proper Networking Goals
Almost everything you do in the networking domain is tied to your overall networking goal. It’s important to get it right the first time (make it a SMART goal), and then use that goal as an anchor to help you throughout the next month of networking.
| Chapter 2 : Finding Events.
There is an abundance of networking events in Atlanta. Because of this, it’s critical that you vet the events you attend to maximize the return on your time.
Note: Unfortunately, at times the best way to determine the value of an event is to attend.
| Chapter 3: Hosting Events
Hosting events is certainly one of the most effective ways to build authority with your target market, but it can be time consuming so make sure you really need local clients/customers!
| Chapter 4: Before the Event.
Although not completely necessary, preparing before the event is a fantastic way to show how proactive you are (and subsequently waste less time at the events themselves).
This is a most useful at larger, more exclusive, events.
| Chapter 5: During the Event (Event Etiquette).
People are more or less understanding of the difficulty of networking. They will empathize with you if you try to join their group, as long as you do it confidently.
| Chapter 6: After the Event.
Following up is just as important if not more important than the event itself. Make sure you preface the follow-up, then keep it simple and authentic.
Thank’s for reading!
If you take one thing from this guide, it should be that showing up is 90% of the battle.
If you’re at all nervous about networking, just go to make friends, and once you see that everyone feels the same way, you’ll start to get more and more comfortable breaking out of that comfort zone.
Get out there and make some new relationships! Mingle like your business depends on it.
Spoiler: it does.
If you enjoyed this guide, share it with anyone who you think would find it relevant. I believe that most people have networking hangups, and the goal of this guide was to help with that.
Let me know if it did in the comments below!