We have built a great program. We’ll start things off with an informal Kick-Off Networking Event Friday night. When you first arrive at the WVD -USA Conference, you’ll see a lot of people talking in the halls or room. You may even see people hugging each other. And you’ll begin to think “everyone knows each other, and I don’t know anyone.” We all started out that way at our first WVD – USA Conference. In no time at all you’ll have new friends and colleagues, new ideas and knowledge, and plenty of contacts to maintain after you return home.
Sharing meals is a really good way to get to know other attendees. When you are seated at a meal, be sure to introduce yourself to everyone at the table. Also, talk to people as you are waiting for a session to start or over a cup of tea/coffee in the morning. The most valuable resources at the conference are the people you meet – you can make great connections just by visiting with people every chance you get. And when you get back home, they become great resources for support, future questions or issues that arise.
Ask Simple Questions
As you are standing in line at the buffet, try striking up a conversation with the person in front of you by saying something as simple as “How are you enjoying the conference?” or “What session did you just come from?” These can be quick conversations, or they may open up the possibility for a longer one after you’ve both gotten your food.
Keep a hand free
Even if you don’t want anything to eat, get a drink so you have something to hold in your hand. It’s often easier to approach people or stand by yourself if you have something to do to cover those conversational pauses, like taking a sip of soda, etc. Be sure to keep one hand free so that you can still shake hands with each person you meet.