5 Ways To Network More Efficiently At Wordcamps

Posted on: 14 October 2016

Going to a local WordCamp can be an exciting way to learn the latest issues, releases, and technology affecting the web development sector. However, despite the many valuable talks at these events, one of the most important aspects of a WordCamp is the possibility for effective networking. If you are creating a web-based startup, a regional conference such as a WordCamp can be a great way to make new connections, secure funding, and find partners. However, there are some ways to make your networking at these types of events more efficient in order to make the connections you need for a successful business relationship. 

Tap Your Current Networks Before You Go 

You should announce on social networking sites that you will be attending the event and see who else plans to be there. This way, you can plan who you will want to see and what materials you may need. Additionally, if you have signed up for a business partnering network or service, you should talk with your agent about who else plans to attend the event. Conferences can be a low-risk way for you to meet the people from your network services in person without you having to commit to a full business meeting or a lunch. This can help strengthen the connections that you have made through these networks and get them more interested in your project. 

However, instead of simply seeing who will be there, you should take your networking a step further and try to make time to see the people you are interested in meeting. You can set up a mini-meeting during one of the breaks simply to put a face to your name and business. 

Have Material About Your Project Ready to Give Out 

Depending on what your startup is, you may want to print out a few brochures to give to people who are interested in it. Alternatively, you should make sure that you have your web site fully developed and with easy to understand information about your startup. Then, make sure you have plenty of business cards to give out to people at the WordCamp. Often, your networking time with a new connection at these events will be limited, so make sure that your business card or brochure stands out

Know What You Are Looking For 

While WordCamp can be a good place to gauge general interest in your project, you should know exactly what you are looking for in terms of partners and business connections. For example, are you seeking developers and designers or are you looking for content genuineness? Knowing what you are looking for will help you narrow down your search and attend the correct sub-meetings within the camp. 

Consider Talking About Your Project 

WordCamps tend to be unique conferences in that they are highly community based. This means that there will likely be time for you to give a small presentation about your project, either in a break-out session or during an open forum. You should keep your presentation short and simple, be direct about your current needs as well as what your project can offer to others, and be prepared for follow-up questions. This should not be an involved presentation, but a 2-3 minute mini-presentation that simply introduces you and your project. 

Don't Be Afraid to Mingle Up 

At a WordCamp, you will run into people who are just getting started in the business as well as those who have already had a successful career. Even if you are launching your first startup, you should not be intimidated by those with more experience than you. The reason many people attend WordCamp is to make fresh business connections, both with people who have experience and with those who have new ideas.