11 Tips for Conference Networking

Networking is essential if you want to consider your latest conference attendance a success.  In our previous (and long) post for the National Association for Family Child Care conference we discussed the importance of networking and describe in greater detail what the tips might mean or how you can execute them. 

Below are the 9 tips in brevity.  Here are links to the many articles we read to get these tips!

Prior to Conference

  1. Establish Your Networking Goals
  2. Look at the Program
  3. Decide What to Say

At the Conference

  1. Put Your Phone Away
  2. Listen
  3. Find Someone You Don't Know and Sit Down (My Personal Favorite and Most Effective!)
  4. Exchange Information
  5. Social Media (#CCFPRT13)

Post Conference

  1. Make Contact

Let's do some networking.

Can't make it?  If you can't come to the conference, follow #CCFPRT13 and network via the hashtag!  Ask questions, retweet posts, respond to posts.  Take part and meet people in the world of child care, child nutrition and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Wait...One More Very Important Thing!  I can attest to this from personal experience - arrive at the hotel ready to see people and be seen by people.  Running into people you know or want to know with messy hair, eyeliner under your eyes, sweats and airplane breath is not the way you want to make an impression.  And trust me, you WILL run into all of the people that were on your list to connect with when you began your networking preparation.  Running into your key people at the conference hotel check-in line might very well may be the only time you see them.

The Child Care Food Program Roundtable Conference begins on October 28!  See you there...

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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.