10 MINUTES TO... NETWORKING AT A PARTY
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...
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.
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.
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.