If you’re wondering how to network with people in person, take a look at Susan RoAne’s The Secrets of Savvy Networking, Chapter 4. I haven’t read the whole book, just the chapter she posted online. I like the part about magnificent minglers.For those of us who never made it to charm school, bring your self-esteem and self-confidence to your in-person networking. If necessary, practice those firm handshakes with others before you attend some event. If you’re like me, a little checklist that you refer to just before you walk in the room might be helpful. Here’s my checklist:
- Smile. (If you have issues about work, acknowledge them, put them aside and become present.)
- Listen actively. You’ll get your chance to talk later, JR.
- Think about what I can do for the other person, not what they can do for me.
I’m a different person than you are, so my list is different from yours. Take a look at Susan’s 10 tips for magnificent minglers, and think about what you need to do to network effectively in person.