Agendas are not just for business meetings.
You never go into a business meeting without an agenda, so why should a simple social event be any different? Whether you are looking to start a relationship with someone you meet at a charity event, corporate conference, baseball game or the gym, your goals will be easier to achieve if you think of them before you attend the event. Why not…
Meet one person new?
Give out one business card?
Have two questions ready to ask the speaker, someone you want to meet…
Write your goals down! When we write something down we are more likely to achieve it.
Continuing conversation after a conference is the foundation for turning that relationship into a partnership and turning ideas into realities. Send a follow-up email the next morning to recap the conversation and share all of your contact details. I like to also send a handwritten note. Email is easy to write and easy to delete. A handwritten note stands out.
The Power of a Date – pick your wingman wisely. A date can sometimes be helpful, but they can also hold you back. Your date (whether boyfriend, sister, co-worker or bff) should be able to hold their own if you’re off meeting people and making new connections.
Larry King once said, “I never learned anything while I was talking,” and he was right! It’s better to impress someone by showing interest in them than to talk too much about yourself. Find a shared connection that continues the conversation… into the office and on to that promotion. You can empower others just by listening to them – and that can be a gift in itself.
First Lady Jackie Kennedy had a rule…at social functions, of course you were invited with a guest, but when you crossed the threshold of the dining room you were seated at different tables. So reach outside of your circle at the conference…integrate new people into your conversation because you never know what conversation may be the one that could change your life.