Now this might be an odd suggestion, but when you go to a trade show, convention or seminar, I try to meet as many people as possible. In order to facilitate meeting new people, I’ve put together a couple of tips.
- Never sit in a prime seat. Always sit one over.
- This basically means don’t sit in the aisle seat but sit one seat over. Aisle seats are preferred spots so you’re almost guaranteed to have someone sit beside you.
- Eat alone at the restaurant bar (if available).
- Not everyone who goes to seminars will be able to arrange a lunch meeting or have friends to converse with. Sitting alone at the bar invites others to share a meal with you. Don’t forget to sit one away from the aisle or end 😉
- Now this one is a little weird – look like you know what you’re doing.
- Most recently I was in Las Vegas for a seminar. I had my note binder, name tag (I took pains to make sure it was always facing out), and I guess I looked like I knew what was going on. I had 2 people come up to me and ask for information about locations and times. While I didn’t know either, we were able to find out together and make some good connections at the same time.
The biggest lesson for me was sitting one away from the aisle seat. Once I started doing that I found it a lot easier to meet people and network while taking in the seminar.