1. Start with the food. If you are unable to get a conversation going when you enter an event, look for the people who go to the food or drink line. This is one way to meet another “lone rangerâ looking for a conversation.
2. Eat, but donât over-indulge. Itâs always wise not to go to events hungry. Most of your time should be spent mingling, not eating. Eat before you go so you are not focused on the food.
3. Small groups bring security. People who gather in small, familiar groups at events do so for purposes of security and comfort. Everyone is just as hesitant as you are. Itâs perfectly fine to catch up with familiar friends and colleagues, but challenge yourself to meet new people as well.
4. Drinks in your left hand. Cold drinks tend to sweat and you never want to offer a cold, wet hand for a handshake.
5. Nametags on the right side. Always place your name-tag on your right shoulder or lapel. This way, as you shake hands, the other personâs sight line automatically follows your right hand up to your name-tag.
6. Bring a great attitude. Be upbeat. Do not talk about problems with your boss, your job or your disappointment over that last bonus.
7. Limit alcohol consumption. An open bar does not mean you need to try all the exotic drinks or load up on free beer. Even at a holiday party, be careful when consuming alcohol.
8. Listen more than you talk. Figure out how you can help someone instead of always looking for people to help you.
Excerpt from the book Networking for a Better Position and More Profit by Karen Hinds.
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