BY Carolyn Lawrence
1 – Ask questions until you find someone you admire. Talk for some time then thank them and move on.
2 – Speak up when others ask you a question so people are encouraged to join. They want to have a fun conversation too.
3 – Enjoy yourself and have a few laughs. Your guests will respond in kind. People are attracted to positive energy so bring it and spread it.
4 – Trade cards, but meet everyone. Don’t just dole them out. You should know what everyone does and identify a potential opportunity related to your business or professional development.
5 – Show you’re interested. Ask questions, then ask follow-up questions.
6 – Ask for a follow-up right away. When you make a connection and find someone that has what you want, take the opportunity to ask for another meet-up over coffee.
Meeting new people is essential for advancing your career and business. To make it easier, break it down, make a plan, start taking each opportunity presented to you, and create a few of your own. Eventually you’ll have the resources and network you need to meet any professional goal.