The 2019 TIA Capital Ideas and Exhibition Conference takes place in a few short weeks, and here at Squirrel Works, we want you to make the most of this exciting opportunity. Does networking come easy to you? If not, we’re here to help. Asking the right questions is challenging, but it’s worth your time because the right questions will gain you valuable industry insight.
Don’t be nervous. All you have to do is start out by asking simple questions that demand simple answers. You want to get to know people, not impress them with your business acumen.
So without further ado, here are five questions to get you started networking at this year’s conference.
Where are you from?
When you know where someone lives, you can more readily come up with topics of conversation–area sports, weather, vacation spots.
What is your favorite Podcast, TED talk or book?
This opening can create a great discussion of new business strategies discovered through online media.
What’s your favorite activity when you’re not networking at the TIA Conference?
People love talking about themselves, and opening with a personal question puts them at ease and helps create a casual engagement.
What did you think about the event or speaker?
You’ve heard the old saying, “If five people witness a car accident, there are 5 different versions of the event.” The same logic applies to a networking conference. You can learn from someone else’s viewpoints or takeaways and improve your own understanding.
What’s your go-to resource for industry news?
There are so many logistics resources out there, and everyone has a favorite. When you ask this question, you might learn of new and interesting resources.
Are you attending the 2019 TIA Conference? We’d love to meet up to chat about how digital marketing is changing the transportation and logistics landscape. Get in touch and let’s grab a coffee or find us at booth 518.