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Go it alone. If you’re going to an event with colleagues or friends its easy to stick together but don’t cut yourself off from the opportunity to meet new people and make new contacts. Prepare in the same way as you would for any event and make an effort to sit next to someone you dont know or start up a conversation with a stranger. You can always go back to your friends throughout the event or even better help each other out by introducing new people.
Risk rejection. It will happen. You may not get the response you expected from other people, if it happens don’t take it personally and just say nice to meet you and move on. Every new meeting involves an element of risk but if you keep your sense of humour, an enthusiastic and friendly attitude and continue looking for new people to meet you can develop great conversations with total strangers.
Be gracious. Offer to help other people if you can without expecting anything back in return. Introduce people to others and invite people to join in your conversations. Usually people remember those who do them a favour and they may be able to do the same for you at another time.
Know when to stop talking. If you hear yourself talking for more than a few minutes without pausing to let others join in, ask questions or make comments then stop talking. If nobody is pressing you for more information or they look like they’re losing the will to live then move on to a new topic or a new group of people.
Be tolerant. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion even if its not the same as yours. Friendly disagreements can encourage great conversation but networking is not a time to criticise or start proving you know better.