Networking is a valuable way to expand your knowledge, learn from the success of others, attain new clients and tell others about your business. Here are a few pointer tips to remember when attending Power to Become.

Really listen to the speakers. They are the experts and have been in your shoes at some point and know how to take the next step. Most of the time when we’re listening to another person, we’re really just formulating our response. Instead of thinking about how you’re going to respond, quiet your thoughts and listen to what they say.

Create connections with the students around you. Actively seek out opportunities to network. Camie Hubert, the event coordinator at the alumni office, said that the focus of Power to Become was to connect students.

“We want the students to mingle and to network with other students” Hubert said. “You get to meet students who are here right now but are going to graduate and become successful people, and if you make connections here while you are at school, they can benefit you in the future.”

Try to find out how you can benefit the other person. Networking is most effective when both parties have something to gain. Ask both the students and speakers around you, if you have the chance, questions about what goals and aspirations they have. Networking is all about who you know. Power to Become offers students a chance to interact and create those connections.

Know what service you can provide and become an active source. Make an effort to establish yourself as a useful resource for others. When you are known as a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas and names of other people. Use your time wisely at events like Power to Become to establish who you are and what you can do.

Follow up on your referrals and leads. Make it a point to follow up with those you’ve just met, even if it’s simply sending a “nice meeting you the other day” email to them. Or you can discuss your impressions of Power to Become. You’ve both just attended an event that emphasizes the importance of networking. Use that common ground to your advantage. Find something to reconnect and follow up on in a friendly and natural way.