How to Make the Most of Networking Events

Networking events come in all shapes and sizes: business mixers, conferences, retreats, and speaking engagements. At our Peak Enterprises Corp offices, we understand the value of attending these functions. For this reason, we strive to make the most of each event in which we participate and do some groundwork in advance. Here are the steps that can help anyone maximize the value of a networking invite:

• Decide if the Event Is Beneficial to Personal Mission/Company Goals: With countless functions from which to choose, it’s necessary to have criteria by which to determine which event will offer the most impact. The key questions we’ve denoted in our Peak Enterprises Corp meetings center on how attending an event will further our career or company goals. This practice is important since time is valuable and it’s not possible to accept every invite.

• Identify My Specific Networking Goals for This Event: Goals are a big part of our Peak Enterprises Corp business plan. Therefore, it’s important to set goals before arriving at a function. We might note which people we want to meet or what action we want to take.

• Do Research and Pre-Event Legwork: We use LinkedIn, function websites, and other resources to connect with others prior to attending and to identify our strategy for optimizing our time.

What tips do you use to network efficiently?