Three people having a conversation at WCVA's gofod3 event

Nervous about networking?

Published: 09/03/20 | Categories: Uncategorised, Author: Elen Notley

Want to get the most out of networking at Gofod3? These top tips from Elen Notley, our Marketing and Communications Manager, should help you get the most from the opportunity!

Goals are golden

At any event as conversations flow, it is easy to get distracted! Having some clear goals on what knowledge and connections you want to get from the day can help steer your conversations to ensure you get the most out of Gofod3. These goals will also help you to plan your day from which events you attend, which Safbwynt talks you sit in on and which exhibition stands you visit. But remember that getting to know people is as good a goal as any, and in this case, it is important to take the time to listen to others to help build long-term relationships.

Be prepared

There is information available prior to Gofod3 on our Safbwynt speakers, events and stands on the gofod3 website and our Twitter @WCVACymru – make sure you check these out when considering what connections you hope to make on the day. This will give you an idea of where you will be able to find specific people and also where you will be able to make connections relevant to your needs. You can use the information online to create a personal schedule to help you get what you want from the day.

Be social media savvy

We will be using the hashtag #gofod3 on social media so following the hashtag will allow you to make social media connections with others attending Gofod3. Social media is also a great way to follow up with connections you made on the day afterwards.

Bite the bullet

Often when you have specific people you really want to speak to, it can be a bit daunting when it comes to approaching them, and you can get stuck hovering a few feet away. It is better to bite the bullet and simply introduce yourself. Having some ready to go conversation starters can also help with this, for example,

  • ‘What brings you to Gofod3’
  • ‘What sessions/speakers have you been to so far today’
  • ‘I’m looking to expand my knowledge on blank I wondered if I could pick your brain’

Signpost yourself

If you are a representative of an organisation and have a name badge, bring this with you. This will help others to identify you and where you’re from. Business cards are also a great way of passing your details on for further conversation, so again if you have a business card make sure you have some handy on the day.

We’re all in the same boat

Remember that most people attending will be wanting to make new connections as well, so don’t be shy when it comes to starting conversations.