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
- Establish Your Networking Goals
- Look at the Program
- Decide What to Say
At the Conference
- Put Your Phone Away
- Find Someone You Don't Know and Sit Down (My Personal Favorite and Most Effective!)
- Exchange Information
- Social Media (#CCFPRT13)
- 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...