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Networking During Conferences: 14 Ways to Unleash Your Digital Potential

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Networking During Conferences: 14 Ways to Unleash Your Digital PotentialEvents and conferences are the holy grail of networking. In this presentation I will explore how to take advantage of the during-event digital conversation to network and make new connections

Morad SternGlobal Dev Communities Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

[email protected]@MoradMorad Stern

Event are fun. They can also be a great place to network and get to know very interesting people from your industry

Face to FaceDigital

Week before eventWeek after the eventDay of the eventWeek before eventDay of the eventWeek after the event

Face to FaceDigital

Week before eventWeek after the eventDay of the eventWeek before eventDay of the eventWeek after the eventFace to face networking is available only during the event itself. However, most people ignore the fact that the digital platform enables us to network with participants of a professional conference even before and after the event is over

Photo Credit: Kate Ter Haar

MappingDo your homework before coming to the conference: Who is coming? Who will be lecturing? What are the event communication channels? What value can I add or contribute to this event?

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Map all the relevant social accounts related to the conference

Photo Credit: Kate Ter Haar

Week before eventWhat is Mapping? See hereMapping

Share with your friends and followers that youll be participating the event. Ask people to tell you if they are going too

Week before event

Try to figure out who are the people behind the event. Try to connect them. Offer your help

Photo Credit: TopRank Marketing

Week before event

Dont forget to share you just arrived. Use the check in option. Use different digital platform to check who already herePhoto Credit: TopRank Marketing

During the event

Noticed a familiar face from Facebook / LinkedIn / Twitter? - Dont be shy and say hello

Photo Credit: Robert ScobleDuring the event

Usually, lecturers in professional events are interesting people (especially in big conference). Look out for them and reach them

During the eventPhoto Credit: Globes MAD 2016Next Slide is a great example

I looked for the 6 people in the previous slide (They spoke in a conference I lectured as well). I found their Twitter accounts and mentioned them together, doing so during my own lecture

During the event

Search for the real time digital conversation going on regarding the event (Twitters # might be a good start). Join that conversation

Photo Credit: Eric FischerDuring the event

Share, share, share: Insights, images, feelings - from the event

Tag, tag, tag: People you meet. Lecturers you hear. Location that relevant to where you are

Photo Credit: Joel Kramer

During the event

Whats the conference top insights right now? Look for viral / provocative headlines. Share!

Photo Credit: Heisenberg Media

During the event

Participating the conference as a group? Awesome work as a group: Tag each other, mention each other, share your teammates statuses and vice versa

Photo Credit: Willy Lange

During the event

Have you met someone interesting during the conference? Write his / her name down

Photo Credit: Johan Larsson

During the event

Look for this persons online digital assets. Contact him or her

Week after the eventPhoto Credit: Johan Larsson

Summarize your experience from participating. Write it as a post or status. Try to emphasize industry trends that the event reveled

Week after the event

Share pleasant moments from the event. Look for official summary and images online.

Week after the event

Morad SternGlobal Dev Communities Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

[email protected]@MoradMorad Stern

Thank you!

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