Networking is all about the follow-up. But there’s no denying that it can be pretty awkward reaching out to someone you’ve met only once. So, if you’ve struck gold and found someone you admire and really want to bring on as a trusted adviser/mentor/business contact during a networking event, here’s how to reach out to them.
Nice to meet you, Alex!
It was fantastic meeting you last night/week at [specify place e.g. product launch party, convention, conference]. I agreed 100% with what you had to say about [whatever talking point you discussed] – it was on point, insightful and certainly more of what we need in the industry!
As I mentioned the other day/night, I’m looking to [specify your career objective e.g. start my own business, specialise in X area] and I’d really appreciate your opinion on X.
If you’ve got a spare half an hour, I’d love to pick your brains over coffee/lunch sometime this/next week.
I know you’re super busy, so I’m happy to meet wherever works best for you.