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Networking Discussions

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One of the things I work with Career Coaching clients on all the time is how to effectively network – and a big part of that is simply knowing where to begin.

When you’re at an industry conference, networking event, or local organization happy hour, understanding how to genuinely start an engaging conversation is a big part of the problem. People feel awkward when they approach someone else vice versa.

I have some proprietary tips I give my clients, but if you are looking for some general advice, this Entrepreneur article breaks down some really good, simple tips and rules-of-thumb on starting a conversation:

  1. Hone your public speaking skills.
  2. Start with a handshake.
  3. Win the name game.
  4. Show interest.
  5. Act a connector for help.
  6. Give a sincere compliment.
  7. Share opportunities.
  8. Learn to tell a story.

Read the article for a full breakdown of each tip. Do you have any good stories from starting a conversation at a networking event – good or bad? Comment with your learnings!