Things to remember when attending a networking event overseasOn October 26, 2018 by admin
Throughout your career, it may be possible that you’ll be required to attend a conference or networking event overseas.
This could be an exciting time, as you get to experience another culture while (sometimes) getting paid to do it.
The public relations team at Adoni Media say attending these types of events are crucial for growing your brand and business profile, while making important connections for the future.
Here are some tips to make the most out of your overseas conferences and networking events:
Before you jet set across the globe, it’s important to know the full details of the event, so that you know what to expect and what the reason is for attending. Your employer may have a special reason for you to attend the conference that you’ll need to know about. You should also know a few bits of information about the country you’re visiting such as if they speak a different language, what transport options are available and where you can find the most convenient accommodation. Make sure you organise any visas or requirements you might need before entering the country.
- Remember who you’re representing
Often when you’re overseas (or at any company event) you’re not just representing yourself but also the business and/or your employer. So, while it’s okay to hit up some of the local joints at the end of the day, remember that there will be eyes on you and what you do. You don’t want to make a bad impression, as this can have dire consequences later. So, just keep it in the back of your mind that you’re at this event for business, rather than pleasure.
- Grow your network
These events are all about expanding your contact list and learning different insights from other people. So, while you’re at the event try and meet as many people as you can so you can build and create relationships that can help grow your business and brand in the future.
- Be mindful of other customs
When you’re in a different country, chances are it’s going to be vastly different from what you’re use to. There are many different customs and social norms around the world, so try and as much research you can on the country you’re going to. Particularly focusing on what actions and mannerisms will offend the locals, as you may unwittingly insult someone and damage an integral business relationship.