On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, WICT’s Sold-Out Networking event was held at QVC’s Studio Park. The night was exciting, filled with history, food and fun. We shopped, took a behind-the-scenes tour of the QVC studio, enjoyed cocktails, appetizers & networking. Before the Speed Networking event, there was a lot of energy in the room among the attendees and executives. Everyone was engaged, conversing, making connections and expanding their network. The fun continued, when all attendees participated in this highly interactive form of Speed Networking. Unlike Speed Dating, where the participant moves from table to table quickly answering questions of their potential date, WICT’s Speed Networking, consisted of 10 Table Leads (Executives) who rotated to each of our tables and answered questions from the attendees as well as from a great set of thought-provoking Table Topics. Normally at the end of Speed Dating, the participants would mark on their card if they would have an interest in meeting their date again, but in WICT’s Speed Networking event, I can say we all would mark on our cards, we have an interest in meeting and building our network with all of the Table Leads as well as with each other.
To recap from WICT, “THE BENEFITS OF SPEED NETWORKING” which were achieved that night:
- Build the confidence you need to get noticed.
- Have meaningful conversations with executives and peers in your industry.
- Group networking eases anxiety about networking to create a more comfortable environment.
- Meeting with several people at once can spark fresh ideas, aided by multiple life views.
- Gain advice from a variety of individuals.
- Pick up networking tips and tricks through observation.
Here are some Table Topic answers for expanding your network from both the Table Leads and attendees. Call to Action:
- Have a purpose, know your brand
- Look for the person who is alone, make a personal connection
- Make eye contact and introduce yourself, say your name loudly and clearly
- Do not do all the talking. Listen, add value, look for how will you help
- Be honest, when stepping away, politely say “I must work the room and meet other people at this networking event”.
- Use LinkedIn Find Nearby/My Network at networking events to connect with a group of people at once who are in the room with you.
- Keep your promise. If you say you will follow-up, follow-up on a topic that can help them, let me connect you with “….”
Remember networking is not just about you, but each helping to expand the other’s network. Again, if you were not able to make this past event, please don’t miss our next event, sign up and become a member of WICT and you too can begin helping to expand not only your network, but someone else’s too.