Preparing for Networking Success: 5 Tips for the 2024 NEAS Management Conference

As the anticipation builds for the upcoming 2024 NEAS Management Conference, you could be wondering how to make the most of the networking opportunities an event like this presents.  

At NEAS, we aim to facilitate connections and create a community of industry leaders, educators, and professionals who exchange ideas and best practice, for the benefit of the whole sector.  

Whether you are attending this year, or not, you want to take a look at these tips and refine your networking skills! 

Set Clear Objectives 
What are your objectives? Are you looking for like-minded people to discuss ideas and share best practice with?  Do you want some feedback on your latest project or initiative? 

Whatever your goal, have it clear in your mind and start thinking about who best to approach to achieve it. And remember, the team at NEAS are here to help you connect with each other! 

Be Approachable and Move Beyond Small Talk 
Being genuine and approachable is key to making meaningful connections. Smile, be open, and initiate conversations.  

And if small talk is not your strength, that’s OK! We are all here because we work in and around the ELT sector. Let’s have some meaningful conversations about our industry and how to make a positive contribution to it!  

Listen Actively and Be Genuinely Interested 
Networking is not just about talking; it’s also about listening. Show genuine interest in others by actively listening to their experiences, perspectives, and challenges. Ask thoughtful questions, share insights, and engage in meaningful conversations that demonstrate your genuine interest in building relationships. You might be able to help them achieve their objectives too! 

Be Intentional and Think Long-Term 
Remember the objectives you set at the beginning? You might not be able to achieve what you are aiming for in one exchange with one stranger. Look at the big picture and consider a long-term approach. Do you need to share your ideas with more than one person to get effective feedback? Do you need help with introductions to potential partners after the event? Remember: this is only the first step.

Follow Up 
The networking doesn’t end when the conference does. After the event, take the time to follow up with the people you met. Keep in touch, show them what you have to offer, and reiterate your interest in staying connected and exploring potential opportunities for collaboration or further discussion. 

As you prepare for the 2024 NEAS Management Conference, keep these networking tips in mind to make the most out of your experience.  

We look forward to seeing you at the conference and witnessing the valuable connections and collaborations that emerge from our shared passion for excellence in English Language Teaching. 

May 2024