It takes time and money. It makes you travel and sometimes use hotels and restaurants so why think about attending conferences and tradeshows? The simple reason is that it provides both you and the company you work for the opportunity to further your knowledge of an industry and to help you network with the vendors at the trade show.
Trade shows offer perfect opportunities for this because that is what they were made for; networking and education. When you attend a trade show, you will be learning about new and cutting edge products and services that have not even hit the market. Whether you are a consumer, investor, or client, knowing what is coming out helps you stay ahead of the curve and make you in a good situation to profit.
Going beyond just being at the cutting edge of information and services, you have the opportunity to network with the vendors there, helping both you personally and your company.
If you are attending conferences or trade shows, follow these tips to make sure you network properly and get the most out of your experience at the trade show.
First, make sure you bring plenty of business cards to the event. You want to be able to give out your contact information to vendors, while getting theirs as well. The business card is the quintessential tool of networking and it is something that you should use extensively as a trade show attendee.
You should not be nervous about going up to a trade show exhibit. That is what it is there for, to meet you and people like you, who may become long-term clients for the business.
Sometimes trade shows will offer seminars and workshops, these are very important for you to attend because they will educate you on a new product or service, while at the same time giving you the opportunity to meet directly with the company and learn from their representatives.
Lastly, only stay at a company’s booth when you want to learn something from them, or network with them. If you spend too long in a conversation at an exhibit that does not interest you, you may end up wasting too much time, time that could be spent at other exhibits. Time is of the essence at the trade show, don’t waste networking opportunities that won’t pan out.