Companies often use conferences at Vaalnest Boutique Hotel at Vaal Marina, Vaal Dam to help professionals with networking.
The latter is a valuable tool in the corporate field. Most experts will tell you your success and survival in a competitive field largely depends on your network.
The secret of networking is not just the handing out of business cards. It is about using those contacts and keeping in touch. It is the only way you can build a new relationship with a contact.
Conferences attended by people from different companies can be a nightmare for the introvert. The extrovert will flourish in this environment.
A key to success at a conference is to be prepared. Who are the speakers? What important points will be on the program? Who should you make sure to meet? Which speakers would be complementary to your business? The more you prepare, the more you’ll receive.
There is no place for shyness in success. Introduce yourself. Wait for the right moment to introduce you to a group of people.
Use interesting facts on the program to start a conversation.
Participate in discussions! It will provide you with an excellent opportunity to start forming relationships that can be strengthened at the cocktail parties or in between sessions.
An expert’s valuable advice: Don’t use a conference to “sell” your skills/product/service etc.
Don’t offer you business card to everyone at the conference. Wait for an opportunity: When you are introduced to someone, you have to wait until the conversation ends and then you can offer your card.
When the conference ends: Don’t be the party animal during cocktail hour! You will ruin all the good contacts you have made.