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What's the secret to better networking?

Be prepared

Most of the time, there will be a list of attendees available for you to browse before an event. This is your chance to develop pre-connections.

Check out their LinkedIn profile, find out something about them and use it as an ice breaker. Not only will you break any awkward silences but you’ll also make a good impression and be the person they remember.

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What's the secret to better networking?

What's the secret to better networking?

https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2015/sep/09/secret-better-networking-james-caan

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Be prepared

Most of the time, there will be a list of attendees available for you to browse before an event. This is your chance to develop pre-connections.

Check out their LinkedIn profile, find out something about them and use it as an ice breaker. Not only will you break any awkward silences but you’ll also make a good impression and be the person they remember.

Let people know your movements

Use your social networks to tell everyone how excited you are to network and where and when they can meet you. 

Don’t forget, you’re giving up your time to attend this event so you need to take something from it.

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