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Evaluating Event Contacts

Ever go to an event?

Meet a lot of people?
See some people at event after event?
How can you tell who you should be meeting and who is a waste of your effort?
Here’s the way I’ve come to prioritize my activities at an event.
Most important, I am looking to acknowledge my existing clients and partners.
Then I enjoy seeing people I have worked with on a successful project. Completed commercial, civic, and social projects, and successful events are evidence of our ability accomplish something together. I particularly like projects that can be completed and also celebrated in one afternoon.
I want to meet the people who routinely put up and then take down the decorations at the dance. People who hold office and drive the check-in table are important to me.
Then I enjoy meeting people who say they are interested in working with me.
After that, I am flattered to meet anyone who has commented and added to my writing.
I am thrilled when I meet a writer or speaker I follow.
I like to hear an entertaining story, or some information I can use. Tell me about an event or website that interests me.
I’m never busy as there aren’t many people like that.
I am bored with people bent on unloading business cards, and uncomfortable with purveyors of that limited special opportunity, or their pressing immediate need that I should fund.
Have you met them?
After you fine tune your own rating system, how might that change your actions during and after events?

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Corey McCarren

I feel your pain about getting bored of the countless business cards! It’s always great to meet someone who you want to meet though. After reading the book Good in a Room I’ve gained a different perspective on networking.