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If I were to ask you to picture a “schmoozer” in your head, I’m guessing you’d instantly get an image of someone with trendy clothes and slick hair who, upon shaking your hand, will be looking for the next person they want to meet before they even let go of YOUR hand!

Being a schmoozer no doubt has a negative connotation attached to it. Over the decades, the perception of schmoozers has changed from them simply being “good networkers” to being people who are fantastic at making contacts and knowing everyone who is anyone – but come off as fake and insincere with ulterior motives in the process.

But like all things, there are some good things that we can learn from schmoozers. After all, isn’t making the right contacts so that we can ultimately prove our value the point of networking?

A recent Business Insider article titled “How To Schmooze At Networking Events Without Looking Sleazy” does just that, identifying 8 solid takeaways that any good networker can learn from a schmoozer.

Give it a read and let me know what YOU think about schmoozing. Does it make you uncomfortable? Or is it a necessary part of the process if you want to be successful?