Next month is the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Besides being a great educational event, it’s a huge networking opportunity. On the education side, there will definitely be the latest info on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new ruling about the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA.) That alone is worth the cost of admission.
Oh, and P.S. If you’re not registered for SHRM Annual, please note that registration rates go up after tomorrow so don’t delay! It would be great to see you there.
To really make the most of the networking opportunities, you have to plan. If you want to learn more about the strategic aspects of networking, pick up a copy of “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. It’s an easy read and it will help focus your efforts. If you have an older copy (like me), the book was recently updated. During conferences, it’s easy to lose track of time, so schedule some meetings and leave some blocks of time open for last-minute things.
One of the most popular ways to network is over beverages. In fact, some people are setting goals to have XX number cups of coffee during events. That’s one way to approach networking. But if you’re just trying to figure out what works best for you, check out this article from The Muse about the “9 Questions You Have About Coffee Meetings but Were Afraid to Ask.” I think the everyone should read the first question about reaching out to strangers – especially in today’s digital society.
Finally, I would be totally remiss if I didn’t put in a little plug for my book “Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers.” One of the chapters is dedicated to the networking meeting. It covers everything from using networking meetings to find a job to networking at social events.
Got a networking tip? Let us know what works for you in the comments.0