Successful Networking at Events1:49 with C.C. Chapman
The real value of events you attend is in the people you meet and connections you make. In this Treehouse Quick Tip, author and blogger C.C. Chapman shares his strategies for successful networking and standing out from the crowd.
[Treehouse presents] 0:00 [Quick Tips, Successful Networking with C.C. Chapman] 0:02 [C.C. Chapman] Hey everyone, I'm C.C. Chapman, author of "Amazing Things Will Happen." 0:05 I've been around the world and have spoken at many events, both large and small. 0:09 As cool as it is to say that you've been to this event or to that location 0:13 the real value of events comes down to the connections you make 0:17 because, whether they're personal or professional, they truly can last a lifetime. 0:21 So here are a few of my tips on how to do your own networking. 0:25 First off, you've got to make a positive first impression. 0:29 You don't have to show up dressed to the nines and look like you're trying too hard. 0:32 At the same time, don't show up to an event looking like a slob because nobody will want to talk to you. 0:36 The dress code can vary depending on the event but, for the most part, you could do a lot worse than something business casual. 0:42 At the same time, if you have a creative side or a fashionable flair you can use that to make an impression as well. 0:48 Secondly, you've got to make an effort. You have to get out there. 0:54 Walk right up to the people and say hello, and this can be tough if you have a shy personality 0:58 or if you think someone won't talk to you because, you know, they're some kind of web celebrity or something. 1:02 You have to remember they are just people, too. Many speakers and attendees love to meet people and network. 1:07 By you stepping forward it actually saves them the trouble of having to find someone. 1:13 So introduce yourself. Shake their hand and start a conversation. 1:18 Lastly, leave them wanting more. 1:22 Whoever you meet, make sure they know where to find you, whether it's on the social network or on your blog, 1:24 and help them out by sharing a business card or an easy to remember URL or handle. 1:29 Business cards can be another way to use your creative side to make a lasting impression. 1:34 So remember, make an effort to dress well, approach people, and make it easy for them to connect with you 1:38 and you'll find with each event you attend networking becomes easier and more successful. 1:44
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