How to Network with People at Passover Programs
Networking is the name of the game. Making connections is extremely helpful not only for your professional life but your day-to-day life. We are sure you know; connections are basically a shortcut to get you where you want to be. That’s why it’s so beneficial to create and upkeep them. However, we understand that it can be daunting, so continue reading below for some tips!
- The first being to attend social events! Do not constantly stay in your room, go out and be social. Each Passover program holds social events, keynotes, or classes for guests. If you don’t enjoy attending these events, then just try to be social, no matter where you are and what you do. Whether it’s in shul, in the kids’ group, communal meals and buffets. Join these conversations or classes which are created for the sole purpose to share similar interests and passion among the attendees. So, if you’re worried about finding some common ground to spark conversation, this aspect is already taken care of for you.
- Most of the guests are in a relaxed state which is the perfect time to interact and create connections. Initiate conversations and make sure that you’re being friendly too. Keep in mind that conversations are remembered. If you’re someone that is easy and fun to talk to, the other person will most likely remember that interaction. I’m sure you remember certain conversations you had with people, whether the conversation was interesting, or they made a funny joke. The point is that the conversation is memorable, so strive to create memorable discussions with people at Passover programs.
- Once you do attend these social groups, spark conversation, and are friendly, be sure to exchange contact information. It is not suggested to ask for their number right away as that may come off as creepy. Once you do speak to this potential person more than twice and converse for a good amount of time, then it is considered normal to exchange numbers. You can either exchange emails, social media information like LinkedIn or Instagram, or just the old-fashioned phone number. If you still have some time left till the end of your Pesach program stay, continue having discussion and being friendly. Whether that includes saying hi, holding the door open for them, or asking them what they’re enjoying so far.
- Lastly, stay in touch with them after your Passover program stay! Follow up with them and touch base throughout the year. Send them text notifications when Jewish holidays come up, ask how they’re doing, how their family is doing, and so on. If you discussed a potential job opportunity, bring that up as well. People often forget and need a little push as a reminder.
Bottom line is if you don’t ask- you won’t know. It can be scary, that’s understandable, but once you push yourself to do something outside of your comfort zone, the return on investment is high. Many people created relationships with people on Passover programs and have upheld them for countless years. Be a little friendly and speak, only good will come out of it.