If you are preparing to attend a networking event you may be feeling nervous about speaking to people you have never met before. But networking events provide you with a great opportunity to meet others working in your industry, to publicise the company you are working for and to find out about new opportunities. But what do you talk about at a networking event? Here are some ideas to help you get chatting.
Don’t be shy when it comes to talking about your expertise and work experience. When you are networking with people you should let them know what you specialise in and let them know what your current role is. Not only will this create conversation, but it will allow you to publicise your knowledge and expertise which could be beneficial when looking for work. If you network with others in your industry and they are aware of what you do, it could lead to job opportunities in the future.
When you are talking to people at a networking event, the chances are you’ll be trying to drum up business and promote your services. One of the easiest ways to do this is to talk about your past achievements, successes and clients. Obviously only talk about this if it’s appropriate – don’t just do it to brag. If there is an opportunity to talk about your work experience and career successes then you should as it could gain you new customers.
One of the best ways to create conversation at a networking event is by talking about the industry you work in. If you are attending a networking event for work, it’s likely that you’ll be surrounded by other people working in your industry. So talk about your own experience and encourage others to share their industry stories.
If you are struggling to create conversation you can always focus on the news. Bring up anything that relates to the industry or the networking event to get others talking.
The best way to keep your conversation flowing is asking questions. Think of some questions before you attend the event as you’ll feel more prepared.