How to make the right impression and grow your professional network at Interface 2018.
Melbourne International Games Week is just around the corner, a week where developers, publishers, gamers, and more will come together in celebration of Australian gaming.
An event high on the list for many industry members is Interface at PAX AUS, where the PAX Rising area is set to transform into a venue filled with drinks, nibbles, and Australian Indie gaming, though perhaps most importantly, new opportunities for your business.
It’s easy to get all wrapped up in the wholesome goodness that MIGW has to offer, though if you hear in any sort of professional capacity, keep the theme of the event in mind ‘Establish a connection’ and treat it as an invaluable opportunity to level up your professional network.
So ahead of this year Interface at PAX AUS, here are some tips for making the most of MIGW!
- Create a personal connection first;
You’re approaching a person, not an opportunity.
Hundreds of industry members will be buzzing around, excited by all the amazing games on offer, making a lasting impression in such a busy environment is hard, and so creating a personal relationship with someone before asking about opportunities is key.
Your there to grow your industry network, just like everybody else.
Try to avoid interrupting people, it is difficult to learn how to approach groups of people mid-conversation, but a quick “mind if I join you?” is usually enough to get you in. Once there, it’s time to listen.
- Follow up
Getting in touch after the fact is as important as your first impression.
Melbourne International Games Week is filled to the brim with events, people are often darting from one venue straight to another, Interface is no exception, held at the end of a day where most of the attendees have been working throughout the day, getting in touch afterwards is not just necessary, it’s the smartest thing you can do.
Trade Media has a meeting room available at PAX AUS for use by developers throughout the Saturday and Sunday, letting you get to the nitty-gritty of your weekend networking.
- No agenda, no stress
Get set to meet new and interesting people, not hunting business cards.
Head into the event ready to make friends, and maybe learn something along the way, don’t go trophy hunting for business cards, or interviews. Be ready to listen and learn about those you meet,
- Each to their own
After all is said and done, what works for one person might not for you.
Finding a networking style is something that takes time and experience. Strategies that more extroverted people use might not work for more introverted individuals, and so finding out the most comfortable way to introduce yourself to others, is the hardest and most important way to start making a good impression.
For more information about making the best impression, and how to get yourself started with networking at professional events, check out this fantastic article created by the women in games mentorship group, The Working Lunch.
Interface at PAX AUS is a part of Melbourne International Games Week 2018. For more information on this event and a full schedule, you can check out the official site.