PR Advanced: How to Prepare for Speed Networking

One of the many amazing aspects of the PR Advanced conference is the ability to network with top industry executives.  Ironically enough, speed networking is not all that different from speed dating–you show up, look your best, and attempt to impress a myriad of people in under five minutes, hoping to make a connection with one of them. During speed networking, it is extremely imperative that you be prepared in order to present yourself in the best possible manner.

Here’s a few tips to prepare:

Rehearse your elevator speech

  • Since you are essentially pitching yourself to these executives,     you want to sound well-rehearsed, but not stiff.

Spruce up your resume

  • Make sure you update your resume and highlight your most recent experiences.

Make business cards

  • Have business cards printed up with your name, contact information, and blog or twitter handle if they prove relevant.  This will make exchanging information quicker and easier, and also help for the person across the table to put a name with a face.

Research whomever you can to have better questions

  • Its always a good idea to research who you are going to be conversing with and what companies they represent. This can help you to ask pertinent questions and actually have a much smoother networking experience.

These are just a few of the things to think about when speed networking. It is also important to be professional and act as if every person you meet is like a mini job interview. Just be yourself, present your best assets, and good luck!

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About Christina Serrano

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Posted on February 22, 2012, in Events, Networking, Other, PR Advanced, PRSSA and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think it’s always great to have a resume ready to give — but you never want give your resume out to a lot of employers at once. It’s a networking event, not a job fair. Comes off as careless: you don’t care about their company, just about getting any job. That being said, business cards are better. You can get same day business cards designed, printed, and cut at Kinkos — otherwise, a cheaper alternative is vistaprint.com. Also definitely put your Linked In profile URL on the business card.

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  2. If you don’t have have business cards, would a copy of your resume be a good alternative?

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