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Making the best entrance at a networking event

Making the best entrance at an event:   Working the room. The physical act of walking into an event can be the hardest part, especially if you don’t know anybody. Take a deep breath, stand tall and walk into the centre of a room rather than stopping just inside the entrance or searching for a dark corner. Read more

Making the best entrance at an event


Working the room. The physical act of walking into an event can be the hardest part, especially if you don’t know anybody. Take a deep breath, stand tall and walk into the centre of a room rather than stopping just inside the entrance or searching for a dark corner. Pretend you know someone on the other side of the room and wave and smile no one will know and you won’t feel so alone.


Have a good look around before you decide who to approach. Look out for people who are most likely to engage in conversation with you. You can see it in their body language chances are if they’re facing outwards they would be more than happy for others to join in.


Don’t be afraid to break the ice. It doesn’t need to be anything clever or profound but more of a common ground statement. Something as simple as commenting on the amount of people, the venue or asking where they’ve travelled from can often get a conversation going.


Give a firm handshake. Greet new people as if they were your best friend from primary school you haven’t seen for ages. Maintain eye contact and smile. Don’t offer up a weak sweaty palm or crush their hand in a show of strength, people remember that!


Act like the host. Ask yourself “who can I make comfortable” and be the first to say hello. Introduce new arrivals to people you may already know.


Show an interest in every person you meet. It creates a good impression and helps you to build rapport. Most people like to talk about themselves so let them. In this high tech society filled with e mail, text and status updates, personal contact matters more than ever.


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