DO :

  • Research
    • Create objective concerning types and numbers of people you want to meet, information you would like to collect, and relevant questions that show you have done your research.
  • Dress Correctly & Have Proper Hygiene
    • Dress like you are attending an interview and ensure proper hygiene.
    • Wear your name tag on the right hand side most people focus their eyes on the right side.
  • Have Conversations
    • Properly introduce yourself (first and last name).
    • Try to remember and use the persons first name when you are speaking to them.
    • Shake hands with everyone you meet be firm and be enthusiastic smiling is great.
    • Mingle with as many people as possible.
    • Give yourself a goal on how much time you spend with each person you meet.
     
  • Network
    • Create and take business cards to hand out and collect other people’s business cards.
    • Make notes on the back of business card with conversations topics to remember the person.
    • Ask what is the best way to follow up.
    • Keep your business cards separate from the ones you collect.
    • Take a break if you need to so you can continue to keep your energy up.
    • If you are standing in a group take the initiative and introduce yourself.
     

 

 DON'T :

  • Do Not Dress Inappropriately
    • Do not wear street clothes or inappropriate clothing be professional.
    • Do not smell of excessive amounts of perfume, cologne, or smoke.
     
  • Do Not Have Non-Professional Conversations
    • Avoid personal conversations focus on professionalism.
    • Do not only speak to one person in the room.
    • Do not forget to shake hands with the person you are meeting do not crush someone’s hand.
    • Avoid slang and foul language
     
  • Do Not Abuse the Networking Time
    • Do not hang out in the refreshment area the whole time.
    • If alcohol is served try to avoid drinking.
    • Do not use the networking time to hit on other people.
    • Don’t walk around with a handful of different business cards you want to make the other person feel like you are interested in them.
    • Do not introduce yourself by first name only.
    • Do not wait for people to come and introduce themselves to you.
    • Do not talk negatively about people you have met during the event.