Conferences. Meetings. Conventions. Connections.
Recently I’ve been immersed in these topics, and my networking knowledge has been tested.
I’m coaching executives as they prepare for big conferences.
I’m attending a local business fair and I’m pondering invitations to major professional events.
Suddenly, instead of facilitating small groups or coaching individuals, I’m focused on what happens when lots of people gather and hope to make connections (myself included)!
This situation requires self-coaching. I dusted off notes from my long-ago networking talks and I reviewed relevant blog posts.
My conclusion? This stuff is fun! I will listen, learn and enjoy opportunities to connect. I will approach these events from a beginner’s perspective. I’ll make networking notes and observe how people communicate (or miss connections) at conferences. Perhaps I’ll discover something valuable about networking, or about myself. Stay tuned!