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Sharpen your networking skills

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in Career Management,Workplace Communication

For some, networking comes natural.

For most, it doesn’t. Your small talk fizzles. Your words aren’t coming out right and you feel intimidated by some of the people you should be chatting it up with. So you ignore them. But networking is an art you can learn and certainly get better at. Here are tips to help reduce those awkward encounters:

1. Doing research prior to entering any networking scenario is a game changer. I recommend formally budgeting time on your calendar to prepare. Review attendees on the registration list (often shared if asked) and practice your 30 second introduction.

2. Don’t be scared to use adjectives in your introduction such as frustrated, disappointed, or concerned. The right story and examples will make you memorable and relatable.

3. Networking is about giving, serving, and supporting. A savvy networker understands this universal rule and seeks opportunities to add value to others. They ...(register to read more)

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