The Calgary Stampede is one of the city’s most anticipated events during the year. It’s no secret, people travel from all over to see the “Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth”. Stampede has a way of bringing people together and fosters an uninhibited spirit, which is why it is the perfect time to up your networking game.
Of course, most people attend the Calgary Stampede for play and not work, so it’s easy to understand why one would think networking at entertainment events is a little out of the ordinary. However, networking isn’t necessarily about “work” and more so about connecting with others and creating opportunities for yourself. With the right mindset, you may be able to get more than just “play” out of the events you attend.
During a large festival like the Calgary Stampede, you can expect people to attend from all over. This is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and people you could potentially work with. Think of it as a chance to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet in your regular day-to-day life.
Festivals and events that are similar are a great place to make new friends and expand your social circle. While you may not meet a potential client or networking partner, there is a good chance you might meet someone who knows someone. It’s a small world, but with big opportunities.
No need to think about random conversation-starters regarding the whether, you already have lots of conversation opportunities around you. Clearly, you have something in common with the people attending the festival. Whether it’s music, rides, food or the love of Calgary, sparking up a conversation during a festival can be much more relaxed and genuine than at a networking event. And not to mention, people are normally more open to having conversations in a festival environment.
A rule of thumb: Always carry your business cards with you everywhere. Business cards are an essential part of marketing and it’s the most professional way to give out your contact details. End off a conversation by giving the person a way to contact you for a follow up. A great tip is to add your business social media networks to your business cards. Social media has becoming a large part of networking, connecting and staying in touch.