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There have been many jokes and memes about how we have all forgotten the most basic of social skills after being locked down for two years.
But in all seriousness, it sometimes feels like when you don’t flex a certain “muscle,” you forget how to use it. In some ways, the last two years have really dragged on, but in others, they’ve flown by. So it can come as a surprise when you’re getting excited to return to that first in-person event only to realize that you may feel a little rusty.
With our Annual Conference coming up in just over two weeks, it got me thinking about some of the best practices for networking that we have jettisoned during the pandemic and need to reintegrate into our repertoires. Let’s look at some conferences dos!
And a couple of bonus don’ts for those of you looking to get extra points!
Critically, I think, is the idea that things have changed and WE have changed over the last two years. We are all more careful about what we attend and why, and with whom. So when a conference or an event comes up on your agenda, it’s worthwhile considering whether it’s something that will bring you joy as well as business – who says we can’t do both?
Once you’ve made that decision, know that you’ll be there with other people who have likely weighed their choices similarly and so you’re all motivated to find value and enjoy each other’s company. It’s okay to have fun AND network and we’ll be back to doing it like pros again in no time.
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