Finesse your way around the room with expert tips on how to network and small talk . Awkward silences, what are they again?
There’s no need to be a fish out of water when it comes to networking like a pro — you can even look good doing it!
Welcome to 2018 —it’ s the era of influence. More than just like son a picture, it‘s fair to say t hat you also need to be able to work a room (or at the very least be memorable) in the age of know or be known.
Conversation starters are like pick-up lines: a good one means you’ll bond; mess up and be haunted by missed opportunities. These tips will have you working the room like a pro.
Before any chatting begins , check your internal dialogue, says professional speaker and net working coach Hayley Angell. It may seem like an effort, but it pays to get into the right mindset. “When you direct all your energy and focus internally, you create a massive barrier between you and t he other guests , ” says Angell. Letting go of negative selft alk ( “I sound stupid ”, “I don’t know anyone”) will give you an instant confidence boost. Juanita Ram ayah, who‘s a radio and TV host says that being your happiest self will make the best impression .“Go in therewith a positive mindset, and pass on those yummy good vibes , ” she said.
SHAKE, SMILE AND ROLL!
Ever felt awkward going solo? Smile warm ly and make eye contact with others who arrive alone. Even if they don’t make a direct beeline f or you, your warmth will make t hem want to meet you. When introducing yourself, a firm handshake and confident smile is a good start. Hold out your hand first and try to mention t he other person’s name to help you remember it, says Managing Director of Avant-X , Nikola Hassan. And don’t ever kiss someone on the cheek the first time you meet t hem!
Gifted conversationalists will tell you people love to talk about themselves, but how can you get t hem to open up? A fail-safe formula: combine a“location” or“observation” statement with an openended question. For example, “What a great t urn out! How did you meet t he host? ”, or “That’ s a nice jacket. Where is it from ?”. Or, you can simply ask them how their day was, says Nikola. The key here is to“catch the person’ s trivia while it’ s hot ”.
You should always listen more than talk. Also, you never know what people are going through, so keep your energy positive, Juanita reiterates . Once you’ve broken the ice, keep the momentum up by actively listening. Encourage the speaker by nodding, asking questions and maintaining eye contact. If it’ s a work event, limit your alcohol intake and beware the over share. Topics: light and simple. When in doubt, follow this pro hack: be right, be brief, be gone.
You should always listen more than talk ... Once you’ve broken the ice, keep the momentum up by actively listening ... When in doubt, follow this pro hack: be right, be brief, be gone.
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