Attending a networking event is already a daunting prospect, but when you finally work up the courage to go and meet people, a whole new question arises: How do you stay in touch with all of the professionals you met in the span of a couple of hours?
Have no fear; we’ve done all the heavy lifting and searched the web for the best resources on handling contacts post-networking event.
- Keeping tabs on all of these new people doesn’t have to be sketchy if you know where to look for the information. (Fast Company)
- Before you start sizing up other people online, make sure your own online presence and portfolio is up to snuff. (99u)
- Speaking of your online presence, do you know how to protect yourself and your brand from problems online that could affect your relationships? If not, get on it. (DailyWorth)
- Knowing how to reach out to these new contacts on LinkedIn is key. Even more important? Knowing how to do so in a non-creepy way. (LinkedIn)
- If you met someone for only a brief moment at a networking event, it might feel awkward to send him or her an email. Luckily, these four email templates can get you an in. (Yesware)
- Lifehacker has an awesome guide on how to turn a stack of business cards into a thriving professional network you can turn to. (Lifehacker)
- Before you start reaching out to more professionals, be sure to understand why you appreciate your network and why adding more people to it is important. (Business Insider)
- When reaching out to people on LinkedIn, remember not to be that obnoxious person on the internet. (Inc.)
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