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Networking With Ease

Networking With Ease

I hope one of your new year resolutions is to get out more and network, network, network!

Even though I'm a gregarious New Yorker, I still have an utter heart attack when I have to walk into a crowded room alone.

Here are four excellent tried and true tips that work:

  1. Smile, and say "Hi, tell me about your business".
    This works like a charm. People love to talk about themselves, they're pleased, flattered and surprised you ask, and it's a great way to start a conversation. This leads to point two.
  2. Read the newspaper every day.
    Even if you skim, and read only the top paragraph, you'll have something to talk about with everyone. You'll be able to quote articles by topic, industry & the like in relation to that person.
  3. Check the Internet
    Find out about the host company and learn a few tidbits from their website. It will give you something to talk about with your hosts and other guests.
  4. Prepare a good 5 second intro for yourself.
    For example when asked what I do, I say "I'm Debbie and I make conferences more memorable and exciting ".

STRATEGY: Get out there and network, network, network. You'll make great contacts.
Join interest and business groups.

ACTION: Prepare yourself, add a dash of chutzpah (anyone know what this is?) and collect those business cards! Follow up that day or the next with a quick "glad I met you"

Debbie Mayo-Smith (BSc Hons Econ) is an International Motivational Business Speaker and Managing Director of SuccessIS! (http://www.successis.co.nz) and a leading specialist in easy practical ways to improve business profitability, personal productivity and Internet marketing. Debbie lives in NZ and travels the world speaking, writing and training. By the way, if you'd like to get lots of neat tricks like this, plus marketing and business development tips, why not enrol for our free newsletter?

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