Published on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 20:42
Written by Keisha Jones, DASH Intern
So you want to work a room full of people you don't know? You may think it can be intimidating when you are alone, or it can also be difficult to stir up a conversation and attempt to make connections - I'm telling you it's not. Here are some tips so you can employ great networking strategies at any time.
- Avoid drifting to people you know or that are familiar. Identify someone new to introduce yourself to. You are here to build your network not mingle with those already a part of it.
- Since you are alone, look for people standing alone too. They might be in the same boat you are; nervous and wondering who they should talk to. Take the initiative and speak to them. One-on-one networking is the best.
- Locate the host of the event or any sponsors and introduce yourself to them. Ask them questions pertaining to the event. You may be surprised about what they know or whom they know.
- Be selective, if it is the kind of event where you know who is already attending through guest list, locate who you want to talk to.