Over the years, I’ve attended, spoken at, and been a vendor for hundreds of tech conferences. After screwing up the follow up for many years, I’ve finally developed a system that allows me to hold on to the good vibes generated at the conference long after it’s over. The key to this system is the follow-up email.
AirVenture is Disney World for airplane nerds. Meeting people there is easy. Keeping in touch with and following up is where I struggle. It’s the week after the event where the energy starts to fizzle. Obviously, this isn’t unique to Airplane Disney World, but to conferences and symposiums of all colors.
The best thing you can do when meeting someone is to exchange contact information with them immediately.
Don’t grab a business card and go right to the next thing. This almost never works. Goldfish syndrome sets in and you’ve forgotten the name, face, and why you were excited to meet that person in the first place. Send an email, right then and there while you’re still chatting. Let them know what you’re doing, and explain why.
Don’t have email on your phone? Bring a millennial!
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