Well you prepared for your conference and you executed your plans perfectly. Now what?
You're home, exhausted and excited. And when you look in that cool free bag you got at that conference its full of promo....and your purse is full of cards!
Take a Deep Breath
Now, hopefully you kept all the important ones separate. Sorry, forgot to mention that you should have a special place, ie a business card holder...to put all the cards that are important. Oops!
If you followed all the steps in my previous blogs it should be a simple thing to sort through the cards and choose the top people you connected with. They are your FIRST STRING
Facebook and email them immediately
Remind them of who you were and how you met...Now do you see why you needed the back of your business card to be blank and why you wrote details on their cards? Their kids names, that article you told them about. The blog they were interested it?
See, I'm not full of total crap! LOL
Also be sure to include any info in the email about what you discussed. Real networking is about not how that person can benefit you but how you can benefit each other.
If there was something that you can do to help them out make sure to include it in this email. That special touch, showing that you cared enough to help them out will go a long way to forming a real relationship
Hopefully your new friends respond and you can cultivate the connection that will benefit both of you.
These are the folks who gave you cards but maybe you didn't feel that there was a huge connection. Well you never know who will become a friend and who will forget you. Often my first stringers forget all about me :(
At my second conference I realized these second stingers often remember you and when you can reconnect they get bumped up to first string.
Don't discount someone that you chatted with for ten minutes. Take a moment to drop them a line and say Hi!
REMEMBER: Email every connection you feel is useful or valid.
You can kick it old school and send them a thank-you card via snail mail.
Just make sure that their address was on their card. Don't google it or they will think you're a nutter! LOL
ONE EMAIL IS NOT THE END
Sometimes you get no response, after a week and a half feel free to drop a second email but don’t go stalker crazy.
That’s why FB is so great because they accept your request and the social connection is there to be cultivated until the next conference
REVEL IN YOUR SUCCESS!!
You did it!
Your preparation paid off and putting yourself out there despite personal fears paid off!
Well, I hope I offered you a few helpful tips for making your conference successful!
Now GO NETWORK!!!
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