Tips for Networking at the Stampede

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The Calgary Stampede, the greatest outdoor show on earth.

I am a born and raised Calgarian, and I know that the Stampede is a staple in this city. Calgary absolutely transforms as there is a renewed energy that sweeps the whole city. It’s the time of the year when the suits and ties come off, the plaid and cowboy hats come out, the streets are flooded with cowboys and cowgirls. The excitement of the lights and sounds of the midway combined with the unforgettable smell of the mini donuts and deep fried anything and everything. It’s the greatest time of the year!

But the Stampede is not all fun and games. Keep in mind that this is a great opportunity to get out there and market yourself. There are a ton of great events throughout the city, including all the breakfasts and tents and parties. It is important to take this time and do some networking and marketing, promote yourself and your business. This is the time to meet people and build relationships. Read on for my tips for networking at the Stampede.

          Ahmed and Michelle Melnyk (Ambassador, People & Culture) preparing Stampede gift baskets for our clients.

1. Don’t drink too much.

Unfortunately some people take the party too far, especially when attending parties or events with an open bar. You are representing yourself and/or your business; enjoy a few but keep your head so you can remember who you met the night before. And watch what you do even when you aren’t at professional functions – you never know who you might run into!

2. Dress appropriately.

Dress code policies are pretty much eliminated during Stampede but make sure your western gear is still professional. Clothing that shows too much skin, ripped jeans, and mustard stained shirts are not appropriate for establishing business relationships, no matter how many corn dogs you ate.

3. Be realistic.

Stampede events are to meet new contacts, not plug yourself or your business. You likely won’t be making a sale over pancake breakfast but that cowboy might remember you in a few weeks when he is in need of your product or service. You are selling yourself and your awesome personality! Your positive energy means that potential contacts will remember you fondly tomorrow.

4. Be prepared.

Show up to breakfasts, tents, and parties with lots of business cards and a plan. Walk into the event knowing what you want to leave with and who you want to connect with. Preparing for an event is your best offence! 

Here at Manpower we love to get in the spirit of the Stampede and do our part in and around the city. Happy Stampeding and stay safe. Yeehaw!



Ahmed Borhot
Ahmed Borhot
Ahmed is Manpower Alberta's Client Relations Leader and focuses on building and maintaining great relationships. He delivers creative staffing solutions by understanding our clients and the marketplace. To reach him, tweet @AhmedBorhot_ or email

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