For those of you who attended Challenge for Charity at Stanford this weekend, I hope you had a great time networking in short shorts. This was the winning cheerleading routine from my 2nd year. I will make an exception and not identify any of my classmates or myself, but I will suggest tuning in at 1:30 for some Old School fun.
- Be prepared and determine the networking goal beforehand, such as who do you want to meet. This maximizes the time spent at the event to get the most out of it.
- Before attending the event, obtain the guest list if possible. This can be accomplished by asking the event coordinator if the guest list is available.
Editor’s Note: With online registrations, I just google stalk those that are attending (LinkedIn, FB, company website). I will make notes about certain individuals who I want to connect with and the people whom we have in common. Nothing breeds connection faster than having people in common
- Have an ingoing and an outgoing pocket for business cards. This makes the business card exchange process fluent, but be careful not to put someone else’s card in the outgoing pocket.
- You don’t want to be stuck in a corner or be monopolized. If you need to move on, you can say something like “excuse me a moment, I see someone that I need to speak to.”
Editor’s Note: Thinking of how I can use this line in other settings too…
-Emily Taylor '08, Associate Director of MBA Education & Communication