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Nervous about connecting with influencers at your next conference. You shouldn't be.

Aaron Orendorff and Nadya Khoja got 26 of #CMWorld's 2016 headliners to answer one question:

"How should you connect with influencers at a conference ... without being weird or bothersome?"

Not only will the answers get you ready, but the post contains everything you need to start connecting your favorite headliner with just a clicks (seriously).

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    Sean Ellis

    over 3 years ago #

    Wow, that's a lot of suggestions from a lot of people. A lot went into this article and it's definitely worth a read. As a frequent speaker, I really liked a lot of the suggestions.

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    Sol Orwell

    over 3 years ago #

    Hells yes. It's amazing how many people blow this simple task!

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    Joy Healey

    over 3 years ago #

    What I really like about these tips for networking at a conference was how it comes out that the speakers actually want to connect with their audience. After all, getting exposure if presumably one of the reasons they're speaking at a conference.

    A great mixture of common sense - respecting their time, no pitching, being friendly - together with humor from Andrea Fryrear.

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    David Leonhardt

    over 3 years ago #

    I like Mari Smith's tip. What a boon if the influencer already knows who you are.

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    Ryan Biddulph

    over 3 years ago #

    If you run with Rand's advice you will connect with influencers online, offline, or in the 5th dimension LOL!

    Be nice. Be excellent. Help. Ask. Answer. Just be really, really mindful of socializing like it's an informal, relaxed setting because with this level of relaxation you will be SO attractive amidst the pervasive tension most folks feel.

    These gals and guys put their pants on 1 leg at a time, just like you ;)

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    Brenda Pace

    over 3 years ago #

    What a fabulous roundup of quotes and tips! I can see how some may be intimidated being around "probloggers" and entrepreneurs. Some people are just not as confident as others and may get a bit tongue tied. I know, I've been there. However, the best advice I was ever given is to just "Be yourself".

    Thanks for the tips!


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    Lorraine Reguly

    over 3 years ago #

    Andrew Davis nails a very good point with his 3-part tip.

    The thing is, everyone has an ego, and they love it when others are knowledgeable about their content, who they are, what they do, etc.

    By doing your research, you'll fare very well if there is someone you want to connect with.

    And being memorable certainly helps, too!

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    Gail Gardner

    over 3 years ago #

    John Hall had a great tip: give first. If you know you want to approach a particular influencer at an event, start giving before you ever head that way. Share their content. Comment on it. Follow them on various social networks. That way they may remember you when you say hello at the event.

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    Eren Mckay

    over 3 years ago #

    There's a lot of great advice that I resonated with in this article. When it comes down to it, it's all about being authentic and interested in creating true relationships. If we are mindful of people's time while also being friendly and personable, we can make great connections.

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    James McAllister

    over 3 years ago #

    One thing that really stands out here is the power of just being authentic. I think a lot of people feel like they need to put on some fake persona to impress people, but it's simply not true. And it sounds like they can pick up on it too, which can actually deter them from wanting to connect further.

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    Lisa Sicard

    over 3 years ago #

    Hi Will, thanks for sharing these great tips with us. I like the one that mentioned to tweet them first prior to the event and get to know something about them. It was great to learn from Aaron too that many speakers do want members of the audience to come up and talk with them. Imagine if no one did? Something I must remember next time I go to a networking or speaking event.

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    Reginald Chan

    over 3 years ago #

    I got to admit, this is really an awesome tip!

    I think the most important thing to do is to at least try! Don't just forget it because you are worried. Have faith and practice it a couple of time (trust me, it helps).