Raise your hand if you like small talk. We guarantee that there are very few – if any – that genuinely like small talk.
Why? Because it’s pretty much pointless. Talking about the weather or the latest top news story is not very interesting and chances are, one of you is actually not paying attention to what the other is saying.
So how do you make that transition from just meeting a person to getting to know them on a more personal level? The Huffington Post recently ran a piece offering tips on how to learn to love networking:
Find People You Like
Instead of networking simply for the sake of networking, actually find people you really like and chat with them. Talk about work, don’t talk about work, whatever works. Our favorite tip the author recommends, “After you’ve met two or three of them, your work is done. Now you can go back to your hotel room and watch a movie in your pajamas.”
Stop Asking ‘How can I help you?’
Yes, you’ve been told in networking 101 that it’s about giving and not taking. Except that everyone has been told the same thing and by asking ‘How can I help you?’, we all know you’re essentially asking ‘How can you help me?’. Instead, focus on what you’re doing and what you want out of the relationships you make at this particular event.
Do Your Research
Check out the list of people attending the event ahead of time and reach out to them. If you’ve already met them or if you have a mutual friend, simply send them an email and scheduling a time to meet up. If not, connect with them on LinkedIn or other social media accounts and introduce yourself.
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