Many people are uncomfortable walking into a big room full of people they don’t know. That’s why business and social networking events tend to be viewed as little more than a necessary evil.

Unfortunately, networking events can be vital to the development of personal and professional goals.
Learn the art of stress-free mingling with these tips:

Stand and Smile: Not only does standing up and smiling when first meeting someone put the other person at ease, but it establishes an egalitarian position right from the start.

Practice: It might sound counterintuitive to practice a spontaneous introduction - but it actually works. Avoid an unpleasant pause and social uneasiness by using a simple but effective introduction such as “I’d like to introduce …,” then include the name of the most important person first. Add a small tidbit or fact to make it memorable. Use the same protocol when introducing yourself to others.

Purpose: Always have a specific purpose in mind when networking, and then stick to it. Having a clear agenda in mind provides the focus needed to stay on track.

People: Pay attention to the individual. Be yourself and take an active interest in others. It won’t take long before you actually enjoy the opportunity to meet and greet.

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