Aug. 28, 2014:
Events like OMED offer a great opportunity to meet other DO leaders, but networking can be a daunting prospect. Here are some tips to make the most of your conversations:
Reach out to the event's organizers before the conference to see if you can volunteer to help out, which gives you a great reason to talk to people.
Polish your "elevator speech" so you're prepared to give a quick overview of your background, your goals and why you're at the conference.
Be a good listener and ask interesting questions, like "What was the highlight of your work this year?"
If you're an introvert, don't try to go to every event at the conference. Instead, choose a few key events and go early, when it's quieter and easier to strike up a conversation.
After someone gives you their business card, note the details of your conversation on the back, both professional and personal, to help you follow up in a more personal way.
Once you've connected with someone, follow up! Send an email to say you enjoyed meeting them and would love to continue the conversation.
Whether or not it's your favored method of following up, all physicians and osteopathic medical students should be on LinkedIn.
This article was adapted from The DO's 'Networking 101: Mastering mingling and conquering conferences.'