Networking – How To

Bookmachine Oxford is happening tonight and it is a great opportunity to do some networking, help your career, and just have fun with lots of like minded people. But no one ever actually teaches you how to network, which can make it a rather scary prospect. Not to mention, you’ve often paid to be at an event, so you want to get the most out of it!

Plus, when you are hideously shy like I am (really, I am, don’t laugh!) the thought of going to a networking event can turn you into a gibbering wreck and leave you huddling in the darkest corner you can find.

All the advice I have ever been given over the years boils down to “fake it till you make it” and “be brave”, but I know that’s easier said than done, so I thought I’d point my fellow wallflowers in the direction of a few tips and tricks I’ve found have worked.

Firstly, the very lovely Lucy J has 5 great tricks, including:

  1. Walk up to people and say ‘hello’. Scary but effective.
  2. Practice how you introduce yourself. Short but sweet (try not to ramble!) ‘Hello, my name is Claire Louise, I am a recruitment consultant…’
  3. Talk about the other person. An oldie but a goodie, this is fail safe.

There are other great tips here and here, but above all, remember, like the spider in the bath, people are often just as shy as you are. By being nice, you will make them feel better about themselves and therefore good about you.

Do you have any tricks that you find help when you’re at event? Do share in the comments.

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2 Responses to Networking – How To

  1. atwoodtate

    Excellent post.
    I have some tips that may assist;
    1. Listen closely to the person you are speaking to
    2. Think, Breathe, Talk
    3. Try and make eye contact as much as possible
    4. Try mimicking the body language of the person you are talking to (don’t be too obvious about it)
    5. Smile.
    (A great tip I’ve learnt is the power of physical contact. A slight brush on the arm can be very effective. To be used with caution.)

  2. CLK

    Ooh, nice extra tips, thanks Sam!

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