NETWORKING TIPS FROM THE PROS
Look for people by themselves and say hello
If you see someone on their own, it is the perfect opportunity to say "hello" and introduce yourself. It can be as easy as that.
Break the ice - get out there and start building your connections!
Not a good "opener"? Then be a great "closer" !
No one likes ending a conversation regardless of whether or not it's going well. If you take the initiative to end the conversation and move on, the person you are talking to will be grateful. Do it before a conversation goes stale. Here are some good closers:
- I don't want to take up all your time; it was great meeting you!
- Well I'd love to stay in touch; can we trade cards?
- I'm going to go mingle some more, but it was nice chatting.
It may seem too simple, but it can be hard to remember to stop and listen. Too often, we are thinking about what we're going to say when the other person finally takes a breath. Make a conscious effort to hear, and digest. Indicate you are tuned in by asking questions or repeating back what you just heard.
There is nothing as tedious as spending time with a complainer or whiner. Conversely, there is something very appealing about someone with an upbeat attitude. If you catch yourself becoming negative, switch gears and redirect your thoughts and words.