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How to get ready for your next network event?

For some of us, the networking in Canada is something new. Nothing to be scared of but there are few rules that you should know.

Timing

In Canada, punctuality is important. As in most cultures, respect is the foundation of business relationships. Time is a crucial element. 

Here's how the Canadians see the punctuality: “If you are just in time, you are already late!”, In your networking event, try to be at least 15 minutes early, and use this time to start networking. 

Homework

Before attending an event, it is essential to know the speakers. It is usually easy to find information about them on the event page, but it’s not sufficient. To engage with the speaker during the event, you should do some research through LinkedIn, and the internet. 

It’s also necessary to know the audience that will attend the event. Some events pages display all others attendees. This task is to ensure you will talk to your key people in your network target. Whether you find or not the information on the event page, use LinkedIn or all others professional networks to know more about them. 

Do not hesitate to find anecdotes or common hobbies or background to have an icebreaker

Smart Talk

During the event, use your preliminary work to speak to your preferred guests. Don’t spend to much time with only one person to strengthen your network.  

Use your elevator pitch to converse with them and create a connection with informal talks.

If it goes well and before you go and see another person, do not forget to exchange your business cards (Our partner offers on business card discounts for our members, more information here). 

This will ensure to make a good follow up and show you are interested in connecting with this person. 

Follow-up

After your hard work, it is time to complete your network. To build it, you should add the persons that you met on your LinkedIn and keep track of what you exchange with them (note on the card or LinkedIn). 

You should also plan to send them a message a couple of weeks after to build the relation that you just created.  

Come and practice your skills at our next CONNECTWorking!

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