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May 6, 2014

YPW Mingle Tips

five ways to make the most of a mingle

Heather Bohrer

By Sundee Dunn, High Touch Technologies
Ambassadors Team Member 

Attending an event where you may not know anyone can be intimidating, but if there is one thing you should know about Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) it’s that members are very welcoming. If you’re thinking of attending a YPW mingle for the first time, here are five tips to help you make the most of it.

Bring a friend or co-worker. Most events are open to members and non-members (it will specify on the website if it’s a member-only event). The first mingle I attended was a Thunder hockey game at INTRUST Bank Arena. I was a new member of YPW and only went to this mingle because I knew a co-worker was attending. I also brought my husband so I would have someone else to talk to. It was nice to have a co-worker who was already involved because she introduced me to other members.

Don’t worry if you don’t have someone else to come with, there will be YPW Members, known as Ambassadors, looking specifically for new-comers like yourself to welcome you and introduce you around!  How do you locate them once you have arrived? Ask YPW staff and they will be happy to point one of the Ambassadors out. Or look for a green plastic nametag; these nametags are given to the Ambassadors to wear so new attendees can locate them.

Mingles are a great way to meet a lot of new young professionals. If you would like to connect with another attendee after a mingle, exchanging business cards is a great start.

Don’t be shy. Everyone is there to network and meet new people, so try not to feel awkward about walking up and talking to new people. Try to make your way around the room and talk to different groups of people. Once you have spoken with a group don’t be afraid to move on to another group. We’re a friendly bunch!

Relax and enjoy this friendly networking opportunity. YPW is a great place to make new friends or business acquaintances. Be sure to check out more than one event or even join an Action Team! YPW is diverse and has something to offer everyone. The YPW calendar is available online and is updated regularly.

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