Networking tips for shy people
Here are some tips for networking from local and national experts. * State your first name. Pause briefly, and then your last name. People will remember you better. * Put your name tag on the right side. That way it is in the other person's line ...
Here are some tips for networking from local and national experts.
* State your first name. Pause briefly, and then your last name. People will remember you better.
* Put your name tag on the right side. That way it is in the other person's line of sight when you're shaking hands.
* To help you remember the name of the person you just met, try to use it in a sentence. "So Amy, how do you like ..."
* Give a firm handshake and make eye contact as you clearly, deliberately and somewhat slowly announce your name. Again, this helps people remember you, and helps you remember them.
* Show up early to networking events, so you can introduce yourself as soon as people walk into the room and pick up their name tags.
* If everyone is already huddled into groups and talking when you get there, just kindly introduce yourself to a group, and ask the others about their businesses. Then really listen. People love to talk about themselves, and will be pleased to find someone who actually will intently listen.
* Try not to hang out in the back, where people might think you're not interested in meeting them. People won't approach unless you look like you want to talk.
* Bring someone you know to the event who might be able to introduce you to others.
* Conversation starter questions: Do you live in Duluth? Do you have family here? What do you do? Do you like to travel? What hobbies do you have?
* Attend a speed networking event. That way you have a set format, and move from person to person quickly. If you're interested in speed networking, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled on Feb. 12 in Superior.
* Join LinkedIn and Facebook, so you can meet people online to help break the ice and correspond online after meeting them in person.