HERE'S YOUR CHECKLIST FOR THE MOST INTENSE "BUSINESS RAVE"
Think about your goal for the event and think about an action plan so you don’t end up wasting time. These kind of events are integral for networking and building your social capital.
GET YOUR PITCH ON POINT
Even if you’re not competing or you’re not a startup, you need to have a pitch, or in the best case, a few versions of your pitch, so you can sell yourself to the other party. Even if you’re an angle investor or a corporate representative you need to be able to voice your specs and what your offering simply and shortly to evoke interest in the other party.
Take use of the matchmaking platform on Slush’s website before hand. The top investors and startups are going to have their calendars full in no time, so send invitations asap. You don’t want to risk not catching the people you want to meet.
Do some research on the people, companies and investors you have meetings with. You never want to go to a meeting or a luncheon unprepared and look unprofessional.
CONSIDER YOUR TIME AS A STRATEGICAL INVESTMENT
This is also why you should have a goal and a plan on how to achieve it. Key speakers are interesting and worth mentioning but you should think about the value spending your time in the seminars bring. Of course, it’s important to support your friends when they’re pitching, a few friendly faces in the audience gives a confidence boost! Don’t make your schedule too tight, leave room for unexpected, positive chances.
MAKE SURE YOU'RE NOT JUST HANGING OUT WITH YOUR CO-WORKERS
DON'T BITE MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW
It’ll be an intense couple of days and you can’t participate in everything. If you have an action plan it will help you stay focused and relieve your stress. Also remember to eat and hydrate.
Make sure you have business cards on you and prepare yourself to receiving a bunch of them. It’s useful to write on the card you receive where and when you met the other person. You can even have a system for the business cards you receive, put the ones that you think are going to be useful to you in your right pocket, and the ones you’re not going to use in your left pocket. Add everyone on linkedin and keep the cards of the people you want to continue discussing with.
For the most promising contacts you meet at the event, it could be beneficial to send a message after the event, saying it was lovely to meet them at Slush and you’re looking forward to future conversations with them.