Listen Now: Breaking The Ice: Introduction Tips For Your Next Networking Event
Career advisors say it’s not what you know but who you know, now you just have to get to know them.
People go to networking events to make contacts and hopefully further their careers. But many leave those events without ever speaking to someone. So what are a few ways to break the ice? According to the job resource site Ladders.com, it’s possible to spread your name around even in the toughest crowd.
For example, come early. Give yourself an extra twenty to thirty minutes to check out the room and meet the host. Then when the next early bird gets there you will have something in common. On that same note, stay late, by the end of the night people are more relaxed and conversations will come easy.
Another trick, try something that looks weird and tell the person next to you to do the same. Then you have something to talk about and it can help lighten the mood.
For more ways to introduce yourself, check out this article now. Now you just have to worry about following up.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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