After the event: How to successfully maintain networking contacts

How do you turn a short meeting into a long-term connection?

  • March 25, 2024
  • 2 Min. reading time

Networks form a solid framework for professional development. You have attended a networking event, made contacts and had interesting conversations. But what comes next? How do you turn a short meeting into a long-term connection? Here's a checklist on how to turn your new acquaintances into long-term contacts.


Get in touch within 24 to 48 hours after the event, because time is of the essence. A quick message shows that you are engaged and interested. A simple "It was nice to meet you" can pave the way for further conversations.


Add a personal touch to your message. Mention a specific detail of your conversation to show that you really listened. A sentence like "I found our conversation about [topic] very rewarding" creates a personal connection and sets you apart from others.


Think about how you can be profitable. Perhaps you've read an article that might be of interest to the person or you know someone who would be helpful in their field. By offering value without expecting anything in return immediately, you lay the foundation for a trusting relationship.


A face-to-face meeting can deepen a connection. Suggest an informal meeting to talk about common interests or just to get to know each other better. A coffee in a relaxed atmosphere can be the start of a valuable partnership.


And don't forget: Keep at it! A one-off message is not enough. Maintain contact without being intrusive. Occasional updates, sharing relevant information or congratulations on professional successes keep the connection alive and show that you are interested in a long-term relationship.

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Why networking is so important

  • Connections open doors: Often it's not your skills but the right people you know that help you access new opportunities.
  • Insights into the industry: Networking gives you valuable insights and information that are otherwise hard to find.
  • Personal development: Interacting with others boosts your social skills and self-confidence.
  • Visibility: Being present and being seen increases your chances of being considered.
  • Support network: A strong network provides support, advice and feedback when you need it most.

Through targeted follow-ups after networking events and the continuous cultivation of your contacts, you lay the foundation for a successful professional future. Networking is more than just exchanging ideas – it's about building relationships that can be personally and professionally enriching.