If you didn’t already know this, the most important part of networking happens after the first time you make that new professional contact. Meeting new people could be challenging for some, but maintaining those relationships is when it gets tough. We are here to make that process a bit smoother, so you can follow up with potential clients, co-workers, and partners. These 3 follow-up email templates will give you a good starting point, but you will still have to put some effort into it. It is important that you personalize each email with your voice and detail as much as you can from the experience (while at the same time being brief).
Are you ready to grow your network and solidify your professional relationships? Start with the email templates below!
3 Follow-up Email Templates
Before you do anything, you have to identify your purpose. What would you like to accomplish with your email? Do you want to thank the host of request a meeting?
Each one of these templates has a specific purpose, so use them as you see fit.
If you want to ask for a follow-up meeting
These emails work if you want to pitch your idea or discuss the matter more thoroughly. Remember to be considerate of their time and work with their availability, and keep the email short.
Subject: Let’s chat more about [Topic]
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 insigts 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]. I am generally free on [days and times of the week you are free], is this something that would work with you? I could adjust my schedule and work around yours as well.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
If you want to ask for feedback
If you are experiencing difficulty in your business or you have a new idea with potential, you might want to ask for feedback from the experts and people who have gone through the same process. Did you meet someone like that at the networking event? This follow-up template might help.
Subject: Thank you for your time, [Name]
I know you have a busy schedule, so I’ll be brief.
We met at [name of the event] on [date of the event]. I know that you are an expert when it comes to [topic], so I was wondering if you could spare a few minutes to share your insights with me. I am working on something similar at [name of the company].
I appreciate in advance any advice you can give me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
If you want to say “thank you” (which you should always do)
People go through a lot of effort to organize these meetings and conferences. The number of details that go into the logistics is simply overwhelming. This is why a thank you email is always welcome. Did the lecture help you understand a concept you were having trouble with? Did it help you connect with some potential clients or distributors? Then this is email template could work for you. It seems short and simple, but remember you will go into detail about your gains.
Subject: Nice meeting you at [name of the event]
I am writing to thank you for organizing the [name of the conference/event/lecture]. It was really interesting to hear about [what you liked most about the event].
I’m eager to implement [gained benefits] at [Company].
I hope we stay in touch.
If you have objectives and reasons for following-up that are not stated above, you can use this formula to write a professional email.
- Introduce yourself briefly and remind your reader where you met. It is important that you state the name of the conference and the date so they can trace the memory. Some people go to networking events every other day!
- Ask clearly and concretely what you need. If possible, add a value – what will your readers get from your offer.
- Always be thankful for their time and consideration.
Once you crafted your follow-up email, ask yourself “Would I open and reply to this email?”. If your answer is “yes”, you’ll know if you did a good job.
If you have never been at a networking event, we have plenty of resources on this blog to get you started. You can learn about the importance of networking for your business and what to do before and after a networking event, among other things.