10 MIN­UTES TO... NET­WORK­ING AT A PARTY

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The party sea­son is the per­fect time to meet new con­tacts and catch up with for­mer col­leagues. Here’s how to make a good im­pres­sion ev­ery time...

1 Prep

be­fore the event, see if you can find out the guest list by email­ing the or­gan­iser. If you do get names, find them on Linkedin and check their job ti­tles. Friend’s do? check their Face­book ‘ac­cepted’ list to see who’s com­ing.

2 Min­gle

It sounds ob­vi­ous but stand­ing in a corner with your reg­u­lar group isn’t go­ing to help. In­stead, ask each of your friends to bring over one of their friends and in­tro­duce them, widen­ing your cir­cle.

3 Smile

A re­cent us study re­vealed that you’re more ap­proach­able when smil­ing and the act of smil­ing is ac­tu­ally con­ta­gious. And that’s no bad thing, right?

4 Lean In

If you want to show you’re in­ter­ested in a per­son, then lean closer to hear what they’re say­ing. New re­search shows that if you talk less and lis­ten more, you’ll make a big­ger im­pres­sion on your group.

5 Ask about them

A few ques­tions about work are fine, but at a party it’s bet­ter to ask about hob­bies and fam­ily life to add a per­sonal touch to the con­ver­sa­tion. This shows you’re gen­uinely in­ter­ested in them.

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