Build visibility at professional development meetings

  • Show up to events early so you can meet the speaker. It’s easier to build rapport before the presentation when there are less people vying for the speaker’s attention. Follow-up with a quick email or card thanking the speaker for spending time with you prior to the presentation.

  • Ask a question during the Q&A portion of the presentation. State your name and give a brief one-liner about yourself before stating your question. You’ll introduce yourself to everyone in the room and increase the likelihood that people will seek you out for a conversation later.

  • Thank the organizers before you leave. It’s a nice gesture and a good way to build rapport with people who are close to the organization. Perhaps you’ll uncover an opportunity to assist with a future event and gain greater access to membership contacts.

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