Do you attend networking events?
Tomorrow I'm going to a Get Motivated! seminar. I'm going to listen to a few big celebrities speak, such as Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong, and Rudy Giuliani. It is expected that ten thousand people will be at tomorrow's networking event.
"Why do I need to attend networking events?"
You don't have to. But it's important to attend networking events, no mater what career path you've chosen. Why? There's a lot of things to learn from networking events, and it's not only due to the topic of the speeches. Consider the fact that you may be sitting next to a manager of a big firm. If you introduce yourself and get to know the person, during the next "hiring season," your name will likely pop up before they even get to the "random applicants."
Going to networking events is also crucial for network marketers. Why? Because you can choose to go to events where you know there will be amazing people. People who are motivated, hungry, who want more out of life. But moreover, those are people who are not stuck in their heads and thinking they know everything--they are willing to learn and are most likely coachable.
Though I am certainly looking forward to seeing what Gen Colin Powell has to share about leadership, and what Lance Armstrong has to say about success, I am more looking forward with networking with the attendees of the event.
Ray Higdon teaches a powerful way to prospect at networking events, and it's to come with empty pockets.
If you go to networking events with empty pockets, you can connect with people and collect as many business cards as you can. Be like a ninja--collect as many cards as possible.
For myself, I'm aiming for 30 biz cards.
Attend networking events. Expand your circle of influence. You never know who you will meet who may accelerate your career.
After collecting all of those business cards, I'm going to shoot them an email and tell them that it was great to meet them, and call them the next day.
That's the strategy Ray Higdon uses at networking events, and that's the strategy I will be using at tomorrow's Get Motivated! seminar.
As well, if tomorrow goes well, which I already know it will, I will search out other networking events in my area. And as a college student whose warm market is other college students... I will start recruiting upwards instead of recruiting sideways!
Onto you: How do you use networking events for your business?
Let's hear your thoughts in the comments!
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