The meeting is over.
- Travel is complete (including a
return to the airport to pick up a billfold that somehow
slipped out of my pocket at the airport. Only business
cards, library cards and rapid rewards cards in it….
USAirlines was impressive in the way they dealt with
this small problem.).
- Expense forms filled out and ready to be submitted
(including a short cover letter).
Now, is the time to consider key folks I met who I
wish to network with.
- Who did I meet?
- Who sent me LinkedIn.com invitations and thank
- Who did I spend time with or have good experiences
Attendance at the meeting was a little different. (1) The
meeting was in Denver, a first. (2) Hurricane Irene hit
travel plans. So there were accommodations that had
to be made. See 1 .
(3) There were virtual events, both at the meeting with
career services (don’t forget to send thank you’s) and
after the meeting (a number of presentations may be made
available– so look in C&EN and the web-site). More on
the future of this trend 2 .
THINGS TO DO
Respond to LinkedIn.com invitations promptly.
If you have not paid much attention to your profile page,
this may be a good time to upgrade it. A number of proteges
I spoke with did not advance their professional image by
their LinkedIn.com profile page, as they were unaware of its
importance as a PR document.
Send cordial ‘thank you’ notes. Surprise someone with
one when they might least expect it…
Remember some promises for sending items to colleagues.
It is worth your while to spend an hour doing this post
meeting networking. It may not pay off right away, but
it will long-term. Professional associations are worthwhile.