I attended an event in a club where there were about 50 people scattered around in groups talking to one another while sipping their drinks - very social and "network friendly", right? What surprised me was the number of people who were by themselves talking/texting on their smartphones. Is this a new form of networking I'm not familiar with? Maybe they were talking to someone across the room but were too shy or lazy to meet face to face? Have you experienced this at professional networking events and did you have the same response as me? Do you find this a professional "no-no" and a turnoff?
How can we expect someone to want to engage with us if we appear disengaged? What kind of message are we sending out? Networking can be challenging and uncomfortable but it gets easier with practice particularly IF YOU TALK TO PEOPLE AND PUT AWAY THE DISTRACTIONS!!!!
People are more likely to want to connect with you if your lasting impression was a positive one….
"Many believe effective networking is done face-to-face, building a rapport with someone by looking at them in the eye, leading to a solid connection and foundational trust.,"
~ Raymond Arroyo
"Good Night, And Good Luck"
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