5 terrific tips to improve your networking game

Frequent conference attendees know that it’s not just what you learn, it’s whom you meet. Try these approaches to make the most of your connection opportunities.

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For those who frequently attend conferences and trade shows, networking can become mundane.

We get used to doing the same thing over and over—from quick chats between meetings in designated coffee/beverage areas to huge parties thrown at local nightclubs by conference sponsors. Each morning, we get up and do it all over again.

Over the past five years, I’ve attended, on average, one event per week. Due to their repetitious nature, I don’t enjoy them as much as I used to. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat.

I’ve recently changed up my routine to make conference networking something I enjoy. With just a little planning, I have changed my perception about networking and get 10 times more return out of every conference I attend.

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Here are some ways you can make this happen:

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