People from all walks of life meet at networking events. It’s beneficial to connect with people in your field, while interactions with some make you crave a bottle of wine. Let’s explore the different types of people attending these gatherings Knowing how to interact with them, and how to improve your own networking skills, will empower you to leave with many new connections made at your next networking event.
The Name-Dropper makes it sound like they know everyone.
The Business Card Ninja hands out cards faster than you can blink.
The Sales Pitcher is more interested in making a sale than establishing a connection.
The Over-Sharer who dumps too much information within 5 minutes.
The Wallflower tries to stay out of sight, but might be a gem.
Then, there are some with other motives than networking.
You’ll run into many more. If an event is filled with these types consider providing feedback to the event organizers. They may take steps to ensure a more balanced networking environment in the future. However, each of the above types has unique potential, depending on what you're looking for in a professional relationship and how you approach the conversation. Lead by example by showing a genuine interest in others' businesses and sharing information about your own. Keep an open mind, embrace that people differ, and go with your gut. You will leave the event empowered with new valuable connections. Has this inspired you to host a network event?