Author: Greg Hewitt-Long & AI – TableTop Networking & Computer Security Solutions.
All Networking events can be a great way to meet new people, build relationships, and expand your professional circle. However, the real value of networking events lies in the follow-up. Without effective follow-up, those initial conversations and connections can quickly fizzle out. In this article, we’ll explore some tips on how to effectively follow up with people you meet at a face-to-face networking event.
- Take Notes
First things first, make sure to take notes during the event. Jot down key points from your conversations and any follow-up actions that were discussed. This will help you remember important details about the people you meet and will make it easier to personalize your follow-up emails. More tips on how to network successfully can be found in our blog article: 10 Tips For More Successful Business Networking.
- Send a Thank You Email
Within 24-48 hours after the event, send a follow-up email to everyone you spoke with. Keep it short and sweet, thanking them for taking the time to chat with you and expressing your interest in staying connected. Personalize the email by referencing something specific from your conversation, such as a common interest or project.
- Connect on Social Media
Connecting with people on social media can be a great way to stay in touch and build relationships. Look up the people you met on LinkedIn or Twitter, and send them a connection request. Be sure to personalize your message and mention the event where you met.
- Schedule a Follow-Up Meeting or “Buddy Meeting”
If you had a particularly fruitful conversation with someone, consider scheduling a follow-up meeting. This could be a phone call, coffee, or lunch. Use your notes from the event to suggest a specific topic or agenda for your meeting. We call these meetings, Buddy Meetings, and we’ve blogged before on how to conduct on in the post: Buddy Meetings 101 – How to Successfully Follow-Up
- Keep in Touch
Finally, don’t let those connections fade away. Make a habit of staying in touch with the people you meet at networking events. Send occasional emails to check in and share updates on your projects or career. Remember, networking is about building relationships, and relationships require ongoing effort.
In conclusion, following up after a networking event is crucial if you want to turn those initial conversations into lasting relationships. Take notes, send a thank you email, connect on social media, schedule a follow-up meeting, and keep in touch. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to building a strong professional network.