The SN Tip is to find common ground. At your next networking event make it a point to find common interests with your fellow networkers. Ask questions which uncover favorite restaurants, places to travel, movies to watch, books to read etc. Focus on building a relationship based on social interests rather than business dealings. For the most part, if you are looking to grow your business or find a job, there can be opportunities for that in the near future!
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In my first book: "SIMPLEnetworking", I offer 50 tips for networking success! In the chapter: "Whine Tasting", I dispel the excuses for why we do not network more effectively. Here is a good tip, even for my fellow introvert networkers:
Tip #24: To feel more comfortable and confident at networking events, you should prepare yourself with a list of goals or objectives. Figure out exactly what you would like to achieve from attending the event. Have a vision, followed by a strategy of how you can achieve these goals or objectives. Always remain focused and positive before attending networking functions.
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The Champion Networker (Chi Chi Okezie) is a networking, diversity and inclusion influencer known for infusing culture, history, language, arts and entertainment into her company's training and events.