If you ask people why they attend conferences, one theme that seems to prevail is the opportunity to network. It’s true, HxGN LIVE is a great platform for learning – but did you know it’s also an excellent opportunity for meeting incredible people? People that share the same interests and could financially or strategically help your business. With all the trainings, sessions and discussions taking place during conference, it could be easy to get lost in the crowd. Prepare and get yourself noticed by reading these helpful tips for a successful networking experience at HxGN LIVE.
Participate and gain visibility
With hundreds of attendees, it’s important to stand out, and there will be many opportunities at HxGN LIVE to do so. Set yourself apart by sharing your conference experience with fellow attendees. Sign up to become a guest blogger, record a podcast featured on HxGN RADIO or even be on HxGN TV. Get involved with digital conversations by going to the hashtag #HxGNLIVE and promote your personal brand by engaging with fellow conference goers. Position yourself as an expert in your field and key thought leader by participating and making yourself as visible as possible!
Create and build relationships
HxGN LIVE is a great opportunity to reconnect and get to know second- and third-tier connections, clients, vendors and other experts in the information technology industry. You will likely have downtime at some point during the week – consider using this time to walk around and meet other attendees or strike up discussions and exchange business cards with speakers. Be sure to attend the evening events and take advantage of relaxed atmospheres while making new acquaintances and having a good time.
After HxGN LIVE, take all your collected business cards and start following up! Begin connecting on LinkedIn and following key accounts on Twitter. Sending personal follow-up emails to everyone you had the pleasure of meeting and scheduling lunches are also great ideas. Most important, share what you learned with peers, followers, colleagues and your management. By presenting key learnings and new information, you can drive change and position yourself as a thought leader and expert in your industry. As HxGN LIVE 2017 gets closer, we look forward to seeing you, and your networking skills, in Las Vegas!
Driving innovation and success through strong, long-lasting business relationships – now that’s shaping smart change.
Executive Director, Brand, Communications & Events
Sarah Fordyce serves as Executive Director of Brand, Communications & Events for Hexagon Corporate Communications & Marketing. Fordyce holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design and a MA in Design & Branding Strategy from Brunel University London. She plays an integral role in directing the vision and execution of HxGN LIVE. Fordyce has worked for Hexagon since 2010. Prior to joining Hexagon, she worked with Intergraph’s marketing department from 2004-2010.