Skip to main content
4 answers
4
Asked 1044 views

What is the key to "succeed" in networking event?

I have just registered for a networking event (more specifically a Vancouver Post Alliance Event) and although I had classes about how to behave in a networking event, I wanted to know how can you meet someone in such a short period of time people and actually create a connection with them. #networking #film-production #editing #video-production #video-editing #post-production

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you

4

4 answers


1
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Jess’s Answer

Networking events can seem nerve wracking at first, but make it fun and remember that you're just in a room full of people there to do the same thing that you are! Smile and approach people, start with typical small talk and then ask them why they're there, what do they do, what do they like best about that, and so forth. Be inquisitive and let people also know why you're there. If you're there to learn from others in the industry and get to know people then say that! People love to talk about what it is that they do and are interested in - so default to asking questions and learning! If someone is talking about something that you're particularly interested in, you can ask how you should go about getting involved in that and if they'd have any recommendations as a way to make the connection last. Good luck!

1
1
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Stefania’s Answer

Hello!


First, this is a wonderful opportunity and a "gift" you've been given. Truly make the most of it. The great news is that it's a casual setting and a wonderful way for you to introduce yourself to professionals without the pressure of a formal job interview setting. Don't be nervous about approaching strangers because chances are most people don't know one another there. Also, if these are folks that are going to be in your future field of work, this is an incredible opportunity.


Dress well and professionally. I would say be prepared by scripting yourself a 2 minute introduction -- who you are, your current situation and what type of job/field you are looking to get into. Then ask a lot of questions. Listen and speak when it's your turn, be careful not to interrupt (early in my career I learned this. I used to be so excited about a topic I would jump in with my sentiments before the other person finished their sentence. Someone pointed it out to me years ago, and I'm ever so aware of it since then!). If they have been in your field for a while, I'd also ask them how they got in, their background, etc. If you have some interesting exchanges, be sure to get those contacts and even follow up with them after the meeting (for example: "It was great to meet you in Vancouver. I really enjoyed our chat and was especially interested in our conversation about BLANK. I would love to stay in touch as I get further into this career - would it be alright to keep your contact information or connect on LinkedIn?).


If you have internet access, create a LInkedIn account for these type of business contacts and keep adding them. LinkedIn will be a very valuable social media tool for you. It's a casual way to keep your networking growing. Best of luck to you, how exciting! - Stefania

1
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Carrie’s Answer

This sounds crazy, but I'd make up a business card for yourself. Even if it says Student, that is OK. Communicate what you're looking for and collect as many business cards as you can. Follow up with everyone even if you think it's not a good fit. You never know, they may know someone they can connect you with or you can see their connections on LinkedIn. I would also linked in and remind them how you met and what you're looking for. People like helping people for the most part so don't be afraid to say you're looking for an internship or whatever it is you want to target. I'd keep a reminder in your calendar and follow up every month or 2. People like persistence as long as it's not too often.
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Giovina’s Answer

Hi Ursula,

Networking isn't something you just do one time. You have to look like it as a commitment. Like a sales meeting and the people you meet are your sales team. Look for a networking event that happens often. Reach out to the coordinate and get an understanding as to the types of people that attend and ask how many 'regulars' there are. The first time you go, set a goal to meet 3 people. They don't have to be connected to your world but they do have to connect to your world in some way ( in order to refer you in the right direction eventually). You're best bet is to attend trade events. Many of them have options to attend as a student at a discount. Again, find the right event and mark them in your calendar and attend often. Most of the same people will go and that's a good thing. Be open minded to learn about others business and where their connections lie. Others tips I've read on this thread are great, 1 - Dress nice. It might not be exactly who you are but think of it as dressing for the room and the job your looking for, 2 - Business cards. A great idea. They are super cheap to create - try VistaPrint.ca -- Good luck!!

Giovina recommends the following next steps:

Look into a local "BNI" chapter - not to join but to understand how they work and the commitment involved.
Check out the Vancouver Board of Trade. I trust they have networking event opportunities. Look out for ones around finance. You'll find accountants that specialize in "SHRED". They're the folks that help 'industry' apply for grants to film here. It's a stretch but it might just work out to be a good contact for you.
0