Five tips for networking like a boss

Posted by Rachel Waterhouse, National Director Engagement, Governance Institute of Australia on 12/10/2017

Get the most out of this year's National Conference with our five networking tips — guaranteed to have you making valuable professional connections in no time!

1. Have a game plan

With so many delegates at one event, the number and pace of conversations can be overwhelming. Make a list of the sessions you want to attend, the sorts of people you want to meet, and your ideal takeaways — don’t forget to pack your business cards!

2. Stay at the conference hotel

Take part in networking events, and increase your chances of meeting and engaging with like-minded delegates around the hotel. 

3. Be social

Post on LinkedIn or Twitter to get involved in the conversation. Tag Governance Institute and use the conference hashtag #GovCon17 to engage with speakers and delegates — you can start doing this before you even arrive at the conference. Don’t forget to keep tweeting throughout the conference too! Tag your new contacts and highlight speakers.

4. Practice your intro

Avoid the ‘hover’ approach. Rehearse your introduction, so that you can approach delegates with confidence.

5. Be approachable

Circulate and be engaged — don't spend all your time on your laptop or phone. You'll be seen as more approachable for conversations by fellow delegates.

Now you're ready to network like a boss, put your skills to good use —  find out why National Conference is shaping up to be the governance event of the year.


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