How to develop a professional network in Marrakesh

Updated 2019-08-20 11:58

Hard work, talent, and skills are essential elements for success; however, they are still incomplete without good connections and strong relations in the business world. Professional networking is, therefore, crucial for those who want to thrive in Marrakesh. In fact, having an effective network is an excellent asset to a successful career, and it should be maintained even if you are not looking for a job. In this article, you will get to know efficient ways to help you expand your network.

Online professional networks

In a world governed by the Internet, it is essential to be present on social media. Try to have an account on every social network; in most cases, it will only cost you some time and can pay you big.

In general, not being present on the Internet has a significant disadvantage: it is not reassuring for a potential customer or collaborator not to find information about you. Today, social networks are like catalogues of candidates, so take your time to heal your profiles and present your background, your activity, and your ambitions. Marketing, no more and no less! Once you have set up your different profiles and you know how to make them live intelligently, your list of contacts will grow exponentially.

You can start with Facebook or Twitter, but it is fundamental to include professional social networks like Viadeo and LinkedIn where you can potentially connect with people who could end up giving you a hand in your professional or entrepreneurial adventure. LinkedIn, for example, is the world's largest online professional network, with more than 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

Meetings and events

Virtual connections are good, but real encounters are even better! The creation of real links gives another dimension to the network. So, do not miss out on opportunities to meet your contacts while you are in Marrakesh.

Moreover, you should know that networking starts with meeting people. It often begins with family friends or former students of your school. Some professional events can have huge benefits on your career and bring multiple connections. Therefore, look for interesting events near you where potential partners or hiring managers will be present. There are some special events such as drink entrepreneurs where you can find many interesting people who are more entrepreneurs and can have the same interests or issues as you. You can also attend launch parties and after works for startups, or even go to coffee meetings with your new connections.

You should also know how to talk with people you don't know so that you leave a good impression. So, before the event, try to find out about the people you are likely to meet, their activities and their sector and how you can bring them added value. In this way, you will be more confident and engage the conversation easily. When meeting new people, remember to take their business cards and add them in a notebook or to your email contact book. Also, make sure to keep in touch, as you cannot expect much from your business contacts if you only talk to them for help.

Professional networking events in Marrakesh

Every year, several major networking events are organised in Marrakesh. The Marrakesh Air Show is the most important among them. Other events with varying themes are also organised by the Regional Investment Centre, the French Centre, Sup de Co Marrakesh, and the Cadi Ayyad University and its affiliated schools. However, if you are looking for more professional events, you should attend the events organised in Casablanca which is located at 300 km from Marrakesh. Every year, Morocco's economic hub hosts hundreds of professional events covering several economic and social fields.

Useful links:

International Aerospace Exhibition, RMAF Military Base, Marrakesh
Events organised in Marrakesh
Events organised in Casablanca

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