Post-conference networking hacks

Good stuff at Beth’s Blog on what to do with all those business cards, but moreso with the people who handed those cards to you. I got partway through making del.icio.us links with cards from BlogHer. But there are more to do.

Beth cites lots of helpful advice and links. Here’s a quote by Chris Brogan, co-founder of Podcamp:

I play “shuffle up and email� often. I take my cards from past events, and then send someone a random email (hopefully with value to what they’re doing, and mindful of what I’d want to do with them). The email is a “ping,� a chance to show them that I’m still out there, and that we might still have business. Further, it might just be the thing that gets someone thinking of me for another opportunity.

3 responses to “Post-conference networking hacks”

  1. Chris Brogan...

    Once you have the del.icio.us links, what will you do? Is that for “future reference?” I’m always interested to hear how people move forward after the event. I’d love to know more about your take.

    I love the look and feel of your blog.

    –Chris Brogan…
    Also involved with CareerMomRadio.com , which you might find fun .

  2. Susan A. Kitchens

    Stop it right there at “once you have the del.icio.us links.” Will I ever get them all of them in? Okay, whether or not I finish entering them, they are a combined notes-to-self and low-key shout out to the person.

    Notes to self… what I recall about the person, how we met, impressions, what we talked about. And, too, it may come up for someone else to see that, Oh, so and so said this about blah blah blah.. and it fills in tiny blanks.

    A low-key shout out: This assumes that all bloggers manage to find all incoming links to their own site. So, later on there’s a recognition that Oh, this auntialias person met me at BlogHer. And it’s a nice, friendly thing to do in the link-love economy.

    So the notes to self and low key shout out manages to do two jobs simultaneously.

    As to what happens after that? Heck. I dunno. I’m making it up as I go along. I did recently organize differnet tags for shows (cause I did this at the podcast expo last year) and put it under an Uber tag: People I’ve met at shows.

    I’m going to study the notes by the other people that Beth linked to and mentioned.

    And deep down in my heart of hearts, I think I need to have a little navel-gaze about this phrase in Bob Allard’s step 5:

    5. Keep your network informed about what you are working on.

    I have a block against that. It’s on the pre-conscious level of assumption: People don’t want to know what I’m working on.

    Rationally, it doesn’t make sense. (I’ve only been blogging for, what, 6 years?) But I know it governs my behavior. So, step 1, there, is awareness. If you or someone else comes into this comment thread and eggs me on, hell, I may even write a blog post about it.

    & Finally… Thanks! 😀 re: look n feel. The background image, btw, is made from my hair. No, seriously!

  3. Beth

    Susan,

    I’m the worst when it comes step 5. And, I read another article in the Globa recently about overzealous networking can backfire. Will try to dig it up.

    However, I still have some naval grazing on point five.

    And, if you follow my flickr feed and look at the photo – you’ll see someone who followed up with me because she saw her ownbusiness card in the pile. Maybe we scan them and them to flickr .. ha ha I’d probably never get through pile either.