At most big networking groups, they have volunteers at the door, signing people in, making name tags, collecting money, and many other things.
Being one of these volunteers is like hitting gold at a networking event. It accomplishes TWO major things with networking.
First of all, you will be able to meet every new person who comes through the door. Imagine, being able to meet the people you have been wanting to and having them coming up to you! This is what happens when you work at the registrar!
Treat this job as you would your best client. Its important to remember to treat everyone with respect.Make sure you introduce yourself. Find something to compliment them on. Don’t just do the job, but focus on networking while doing the job.
The second reason you want to work the registrar is because its so much easier to get out of your comfort zone. You won’t have to worry about walking around and introducing yourself to everyone. They will be coming to you.
If the networking group rotates the volunteers and you get a chance at the registrar even once, make sure you follow up at the next event by saying hello to the people you met at the registrar. Another great follow up is to call the people you want to connect with right after the networking event and set up a one-on-one.
Networking can be very rewarding. If you run networking like a business it will be profitable for you.