So, you want to follow up after connecting with someone at an event? Here are a few templates you can use:
1. Asking for a meeting
It was nice meeting you at [name of the event]. I enjoyed talking and learning about [something discussed]. Thank you for your tips and the new insights in the field of [your industry].
As we discussed, I am interested in [your objective], so I’d like to meet you and talk about [clear purpose]. What days and times are best for you?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
2. Higher-Up than You
It was a pleasure [following your career/hearing you speak at X events/reading your work/keeping up with what you’re doing]. In particular, I was impressed with [a piece of work you’re particularly interested in]. If you have time, I’d love to take you to coffee and learn more about [something you’re interested in].
Thanks so much,
3. Contact Didn't Respond
What about when you don't receive an answer after your first follow-up email? That’s completely normal. Your contact may be very busy or even not remember who you are. In this second email, you need to be very specific about who you are and where you work, and also make an additional effort to grab your reader’s attention. Highlighting your achievements and the areas that could benefit your recipient. This said, you need to be cautious: maybe your recipient never contacted you because you were too informal, too aggressive, or trying to be funny. That’s why before writing this second email, you should go back to your first one: analyze it and try to find any weak areas.
Subject: [Name of recipient], we met at [Name of event]
I’m [your name] from [your company]. I sent you an email last week about [topic] at [name of event], I was very impressed with how you [achievements]. I’ve come across your LinkedIn profile and it’s amazing how you [relevant areas].
Let me know if you would still be interested in meeting up. I would love your feedback.
With these few message ideas, you should have no trouble keeping in touch with even the most tenuous of connections! Good luck, and happy networking!