Great Networking: A Night to Remember
It was a full house on Tuesday evening at CAMP’s Unlocking the Secrets to Great Networking, an excellent session facilitated by the incomparable Luigi Presta of thinkCOMPASS. With years of experience building a multimillion dollar digital marketing agency, Luigi sits on the board of 30 different not for profit and charitable organizations – a resume that he’s helped cultivate through the careful art of networking.
“What time did tonight’s session begin?” he asked the group as everyone took their seats.
7:30, we replied. “And what time did you arrive?” he asked.
7:30, said some. Others 7:15. A few minutes late, said a few.
“If you’re not at an event 30 minutes early, don’t bother coming.” He told us with a grin.
And we were off, our first nugget dispensed.
Luigi’s laid back attitude was inspiring, as he had the group out of their seats and connecting with others within minutes. The energy was contagious and soon it was difficult to corral folks back into their chairs. Turns out this networking thing is actually pretty fun, once you learn the careful art of it.
Here are the top tips we learned:
One of the great advantages of having a large group of marketers in a room is that no one needs too much encouragement to dive in. Our attendees were animated, positive, and completely game to make new contacts.Thank you to all who attended our session – we learned a lot!
Now, let’s all get in touch, like, immediately!
Raised in a small town in Newfoundland, Nadine headed west after graduating and fell in love with the bustle of Toronto. Her true passion is marketing and she’s spent the last 15 years in marketing roles, and is the co-founder and CEO of the Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP). When she’s not connecting with other marketers through CAMP, Nadine is at the soccer field, gym, or swimming pool cheering on her two favourite munchkins, trying not to become that mom everyone fears.