Ariba LIVE overflows with networking opportunities so you can connect with new peers and prospects and reconnect with those you haven’t seen in a while.


Before you take off for Las Vegas, here are 7 helpful "to-dos" to tackle so you can be your networking best:


  1. Spruce up your LinkedIn profile with your latest and greatest accomplishments and an up-to-date professional photo. Social Selling expert Gerry Moran says your LinkedIn profile should read like a “best-selling book.” Follow his helpful “blueprint” for a step-by-step guide.
  2. Don’t forget to pack your business cards. And always pack more than you think you’ll need. Who wants to be “that person” who ran out and is resorting to scraps of paper or cocktail napkins?
  3. Ask meaningful questions. If you think you’ll get tongue tied, practice a few rounds in the comfort of your home or hotel room. Warm up first with some tongue twisters. "Peter piper picked a peck…" 
  4. Plan your schedule in advance using the AribaLIVE mobile app. You can build your personal agenda, search breakout sessions by industry, experience level and track. By locking down those details ahead of time, you’ll be freed up between sessions. When you’re more relaxed, you’re more likely to smile. You can also use the app to review attendees profiles, send messages and meeting invitations and receive invitations from others.
  5. Smile and talk to strangers. (Who aren’t so strange, because you’ve already researched them using the app and LinkedIn.) You never know who you might spot and meet while walking to the next session or getting a refresher at the coffee station.
  6. If you’re an introvert (aka “shy” like me), consider “finding a conference buddy” and “taking time for breaks” so you’ll feel confident and in your element. 
  7. Those who are social savvy and active on LinkedIn and/or Twitter, please pick up a special “social” button featuring the logos for those social media networks at the Ariba LIVE registration table, and pin it to your lanyard. It’s like catnip for other social media savvy people who will gravitate to you to network.


After a successful day of sessions and networking, enjoy a relaxing ride in a gondola gliding down the Grand Canal at The Venetian. A well-deserved treat for all your hard work!




Can’t wait to do that in Vegas!