For some, networking can feel stressful at a conference, especially on the first day. But there is a lot of value in networking. I asked #PSS12 Performance Support Symposium attendees a few questions:
Jason, Why do you think networking at conferences are important?
Networking helps you bounce ideas off other people and find similarities and differences with how you approach training and challenges. I also enjoy finding solutions for my current needs by asking what others use. For example, I’m currently looking for software ideas for content creation.
- Jason Hess
Becca, What advice would you give others on the topic of networking?
“For anyone trying to network at an event like PSS, my best advice is don’t be afraid to approach people you don’t know or haven’t met yet. Ask someone an easy question, something like, “why did you decide to come to this event?” or “what did you think of the last session?”
Oh, and bring business cards. When you get someone’s card, make sure you write something on it to remind you why you exchanged cards when you get home. Just like good performance support resources, a contact is only helpful if they’re present or available when you need them.”
Enid, How do you use Twitter to Network?
Many times I follow people on Twitter who have common interests and have a dialog. Once at the conference . Like when Mark Britz tweeted, “social is the best PSS.” I then tweeted back to him and said, “Is it? Let’s meet up and talk more about that.” And then we did. And now we’re friends.
Dawn, How else do you use Twitter?
I use it to make meet up arrangements, follow along while attending different sessions and I find new people to follow from the conference stream posts.
While you are attending conferences, be sure to be aware of break times and receptions for excellent networking times!