Even coming in a 15 minutes to half-hour early means you have time to acclimate yourself to the room, the hosts and your surroundings. By the time the next early bird gets there, you already have something in common. Also, chances are good they’ll be grateful to have someone to talk to and your initial nervousness will already have burnt off.
After a great conference, you might literally want to chew over the day’s speeches with a light bite or cocktail. Chances are good that people will be more relaxed or relieved at the end of an event. You also won’t have to struggle to make conversation, simply talk about the day and compare it to the experiences of the person you just met.
Tell someone about Exhibit booths you liked and to try specific food there
Exhibitors work hard to plan and prepare for the expo. Reward them by telling others about the booth.
Each aisle has a food vendor providing a free sample. If there’s something particularly delicious or beautiful, help yourself to a serving. Then start up a conversation with someone heading to the food vendor. Say something light or goofy that requires no pressure to respond and makes the person next to you smile and take a bite and then share their own experiences.
Most importantly: Listen
Exhibitors have not only spent a lot of time and preparing, they also spent money to exhibit, make give-a-ways and marketing materials. They have earned the right to tell you about their business. It is important to listen to them and see how you can help them.
- Do you need their product or service?
- Do you know someone who needs their product or service?
- What other types of business also work with the same type of prospects as this person?
As I mentioned, the exhibitors have earned the right to tell you about their business. Please do not approach them to only sell your product of service. Yes, if they ask what you do, you can talk with them about your business, but don’t sell. Explain. They maybe asking so they can tailor their message to you more specifically. Please be respectful of the Expo.
Come and Network this Thursday March 5th from 2-6 PM. Learn more here: https://www.thegoa.com/expo2020.html