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The 15 absolute “no-no’s” for networking events

The 15 absolute no no’s for networking events Knowing what not to say when networking is as important as knowing what to say. Saying the wrong thing can leave you both feeling very awkward and uncomfortable and ruin the rapport you have worked so hard to achieve. Read more

The 15 absolute no no’s for networking events


Knowing what not to say when networking is as important as knowing what to say. Saying the wrong thing can leave you both feeling very awkward and uncomfortable and ruin the rapport you have worked so hard to achieve.

  1. Don’t interrupt – Its rude! Just wait until the speaker has finished before you add your point and only make it if its still relevant to what is being discussed. Stopping someone mid sentence to say “that reminds me…. Or “by the way I….” shows you are unable and unwilling to stick to the speakers choice of subject
  2. Don’t talk to only one person when in a group - This leaves the others feeling unimportant and in the way
  3. Don’t  exclude others – if you’re talking in a group where you already know someone, avoid “inside jokes” or “remember when’s”. It will leave the others feeling surplus to requirements
  4. Don’t engage in “one-upmanship”- Its frustrating for others and reveals naked insecurity
  5. Don’t give too much information – If someone’s just met you, they don’t need to know about your family history, your love life or your problems - this reeks of desperation
  6. Respect people’s privacy – don’t dig too deeply into the personal lives of others, keep the conversation light and they will share more if they want to
  7. Don’t say “Am I boring you?” – They might feel accused or begin to realise you are boring them. If you’re worried, look at their facial expressions and body language. If they look bored they probably are and certainly won’t want to tell you
  8. Don’t correct people’s grammar – If people not speaking properly drives you mad, a new conversation with someone you’ve never met before is not the time to bring it up. Correcting other people will leave them feeling stupid and embarrassed and make you very unpopular
  9. Don’t slate the food, drinks, venue or speaker – You never know who might hear you
  10. Don’t get drunk – obviously!
  11. Don’t get too heavy – keep away from politics, religion or anything too philosophical
  12. Don’t tell a just wed couple this will be the happiest day of their lives. It implies it’ll all get worse from here on! Just say you look great, this is a fabulous day, or a great party
  13. Don’t assume you know what’s happening in peoples lives - They may have lost their job, split up with their boyfriend or someone might have died since the last time you saw them
  14. Don't give long, complicated answers – keep it simple and short allowing the conversation to flow backwards and forwards
  15. Don’t give unsolicited advice – If someone wants your advice they will ask for it!

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