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5 manufacturer must-dos at every networking event

Published by CME Manitoba on May 05, 2017

Laura Haines-Morrissette, Manager, Events, Sponsorship and Marketing at CPHR Manitoba

Nervous about attending another networking event? Here are some handy tips for the next networking event you attend:

  1. Be yourself – Remember, networking is the beginning of a relationship so you don’t want to start off with a lie by not being yourself. Authenticity will help you make better connections that are long-lasting.
  2. Introduce yourself to the organizer – The organizer will likely know most of the people in attendance and can be a great resource for connecting you with other attendees.
  3. Don’t be a card spammer – The goal is to make connections, not hand out cards to as many people as possible. Only hand out your card when you’ve been asked. Going home having given out three cards to authentic connections is much better than giving out 100 to people who won’t remember you the next day.
  4. End conversations gracefully – During a lull in the conversation, indicate that you need to be excused for something or that you are happy with how the conversation went: “It was a pleasure speaking with you”.
  5. Follow up – Networking is where the conversation begins, not ends. Be sure to follow up via email, phone or LinkedIn within 48 hours of the event to show you’re interested and available, and reference something you discussed, so your contact remembers you!

There are lots of articles online with more great ideas on how to navigate your next networking event. Pick a few tips and try them out the next time you’re at an event.


CPHR Manitoba is the exclusive certifying body in Manitoba for the nationally recognized Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation – the leading standard for HR professionals in Canada. The CPHR demonstrates HR expertise, experience and ethical management of today’s human capital.



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