Arrive early. Be Prepared. Wear something memorable. Have a firm handshake.
Recognize these phrases?
These are just some of the common practices that we all know and memorize when trying to get the most out of any in-person networking event.
Each year at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, I am reminded that networking is both a powerful tool and advantageous activity; some of the most exciting activities the conference offers are the stellar networking events. And the activities in Louisville this year are sure to follow suit.
The conference’s networking events provide attendees with a platform to constantly engage and share fresh ideas while getting to know their colleagues from different sides of the country.
What’s more, they allow attendees to cultivate career-long benefits and create a lasting image of colleagues’ talents as well as their own. And because they’ve been so successful in the past, this year we have carved out even more time for even more networking opportunities in which all conference attendees will be able to participate.
And now with the rise of social media, the word “networking” is no longer exclusive to in-person, face-to-face interaction. The arena of what used to be reserved for face-to-face engagement has expanded to the digital world, having strengthened and expanded beyond its prior capacity.
With the fusion of the internet, networking has now become networking on steroids.
While planning for the 2011 National Arts Marketing Project Conference, you can imagine that I have been thinking about how face-to-face networking has merged with the digital world and become something larger.
So, if this impact is here to stay, then the NAMP Conference should begin flexing its networking muscle now by providing an online networking forum for attendees and presenters to connect digitally prior to arriving in Louisville – like right now!
By joining the 2011 National Arts Marketing Project Conference Linkedin Group, you can begin networking, exchanging knowledge and ideas, and connect professionally RIGHT NOW, before engaging with each other on a deeper and more personal level in November.
Whether you are looking for a colleague to share a taxi from the airport to the conference headquarters with, or if you are a first-time attendee seeking advice on which sessions to attend, think of our Linkedin Group as an open forum for YOU to engage with others that are registered and headed to Louisville: Americans for the Arts staff, speakers, and colleagues from across the nation.
Our presenters have already begun to spark the discussion on the group site, so join in!
See you online, and in Louisville!
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