Protocol, Young Blazers — February 1, 2013 at 16:52

Networking

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Whether you’re at a business function, a social event, or just out and about, the more people you interact with, broadens your circle of network.  Here are six tools to widened your circle.

1. Get comfortable initiating a self-introduction (smile, firm handshake, eye contact and your name).

2. You can generated a conversation by being complimentary about something the person is wearing. (suit, tie, shoes, jewelry or jacket)

3. Be genuine and pleasant during the exchange.

4. Maintain your attention on that person and listen more than you speak.

5. Keep conversation light and limited to 2-3 minutes. Unless theirs a need to carry it deeper.

6. Close out the conversation the same way you opened it. A handshake, name address and a “nice talking to you” will suffice.

Every social engagement is an opportunity to experiment with these networking tools. Remember, practice makes perfect.

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