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November 3, 2015
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Americas: 10 Irresistible Networking Techniques


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MeetingsAt the Global AgInvesting conference, event organizer HighQuest doesn’t leave networking chance. To help make connections between investors and agribusiness executives, a “networking facilitator” is on hand at registration, coffee breaks, and other times. Anyone who wants help meeting a fellow attendee from a particular company or type of company “can ask her to facilitate an introduction” says Kerri Russell, operations manager at Southwest Harbor, Maine–based HighQuest. “It’s really quite effective.”

Russell shared her idea at an IMEX America campfire session focused on improving networking at events. Sharon Fisher, founder and “idea sparker” for Orlando-based Play with a Purpose, led the session and shared a mix of creative, low-cost, conversation-inducing ideas. The big messages: nametags are underused real estate; facilitate networking from the very start of the meeting; and have fun!

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