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What is the best way to follow up someone after an event?

I recently went to a networking event and I met a lot of people and I wanted to keep in contact with them. Should I e-mail all of them or just the ones that I had longer conversations with? And how should I approach them with the follow-up e-mail? #film #networking #film-production #editing #video-editing #post-production #sound-editing #sound-mixing

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Jessica’s Answer

Hi,


Awesome that you are going to events to network! Many times landing your dream job deals with who you know so meet a lot of people and leave great impressions! In terms of keeping in contact, I believe LinkedIn is a great, professional way to stay close; however, emailing is more personable. Picking and choosing who you want to stay in contact with also depends on what you're looking for . If you are just looking for corporate connections, keeping in contact with everyone is great, if you are connecting for job opportunities, try to connect harder with those in your desired field. When emailing a simple, "hey my name is... I met you at (insert event)... provide a brief overview of what you all discussed. Close with...I hope we can stay in contact.' Leave professional contact information!***


Good luck

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Gary’s Answer

Hi, good question...nowadays with social media there are many ways to keep in touch and follow up. I find LinkedIn as a very good networking tool, especially since I am somewhat introverted. Email is also good but people get too many emails these days and a combination of social media and email contact is best, of course a phone call or in person meeting is always the best.
In email, I would just summarize your conversation and some specifics about yourself...try to remember something specific you discussed, possibly with that person only and ask if you can keep in touch.
Good luck!

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Mark’s Answer

Hi Ursula,
Fantastic that you attended a Network convention! Really, that's the trend, that Social Media. Oh yes, stay in touch, communicate with anybody that you exchanged an email address with, especially if they're on LinkedIn. Very professional. And follow up with more emails. Be nice and cooperative and friendly. Believe me, that'll provide you with more opportunities. And when and who will they be? In my dreams, I keep seeing a little girl with her mother at Broadway who exchanges a dandelion for a writing award I just got from me. Then I'll be taking the best spiritual steps.
Best wishes,
Mark Wagner

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Erin’s Answer

First off, it’s awesome that you attended a networking event. They’re so valuable just for that reason -- you meet lots of professionals.
For the people you had longer conversations with, I recommend emailing and requesting them on LinkedIn. For the people you didn’t speak with too extensively, simply sending a personalized LinkedIn request would be sufficient.


In the follow-up message, there are a few things you should mention:
- The name and date of the event at which you met
- Something you spoke about, and how you enjoyed talking with them
- Something that they’re working on or something about the company they work for. (Make sure you do your research on their LinkedIn!)


That you’d love to keep in touch to stay updated on their career journeys and learn from the resources and articles they share.
If you’re interested in meeting with them at some point for coffee and to speak about their career paths, mention something they worked/are working on and how you’re interested in learning more about it.
If you’d like more specific examples, including templates, I found this website that might be helpful!: https://www.themuse.com/advice/finally-5-email-templates-that-make-following-up-with-anyone-way-less-awkward

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Andria’s Answer

I agree with the above statement about mentioning when and what you talked about. I will give you one good piece of advice that has worked for me several times in the past. And if there are a few people you want to really connect with send them a hand written thank you card. it will stand out and they will contact you back. I have done this for years and sometimes send out 30 or more but it has truly paid off.

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