Networking: How to Make a Powerful Entrance and Your Presence Known

Networking: How to Make a Powerful Entrance and Your Presence Known When you attend a networking event, are you noticed when you enter a room?  Do you want to be noticed? Have you evaluated the kind of entrance that you make? Do you feel comfortable approaching new people and having conversations with them? Many people believe that all they have to do is “show up” at a networking event and their presence will be noticed. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “80% of success is showing up.”  What this means to me is that there is 20% of hard work on my part to effectively and successfully make my presence known.  Otherwise, what’s the sense in showing up? It’s just a waste of time. One of the most important features in showing up at any networking event IS the entrance you make.  This is simply because everyone watches the entrance to a room.  Humans are curious creatures.  It is therefore important that you give serious thought to evaluating the entrance you make given the fact that you WILL be noticed when you enter a room, whether you like it or not! Here are eight tips to help you make a powerful entrance at ...

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How to Improve your People Skills and Small Talk Ability

How to Improve your People Skills and Small Talk Ability Soft skills are very important to your professional success. Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.  It also refers to one’s people skills, which includes your character, personality and competence. Small talk is a very important people skill. According to the Encarta World Dictionary, small talk is polite conversation about matters of little importance, especially between people who do not know each other well.  I just love this definition because it captures the meaning beautifully.  Small talk helps to establish a connection between two people.  The conversation does not have to be original or profound.  It provides people with a way to create an “ice-breaker” that leads to an easy-going conversation and helps to put another person at ease. Small talk is simply what we say to one another to be polite. It requires focus and practice to build your small talk ability.  Just because you are an extrovert does not mean that you possess strong people skills; and if you are an introvert does not mean that you lack strong people skills.  It is a honed skill as most of us are ...

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10 Etiquette Tips to Help you Shine at Business Cocktail Receptions

10 Etiquette Tips to Help you Shine at Business Cocktail Receptions In business, many important events take place after traditional work hours.  After-hours business cocktail receptions are a valuable venue for networking and provide the opportunity to connect with new people and build relationships. The key to your success is knowing how to work the event! When attending a business cocktail reception, the messages you project through your professional image and presence should indicate that doing business with you is a pleasure. Here are ten etiquette tips for making a positive first impression upon the people you meet and opening the doors to relationship building: 1. Dress for success.  Communication experts believe that 55% of the total message presented by a person during a first meeting consists of that person’s personal appearance. Like it or not, how we dress has an impact on people’s perception of us; and their perception is influenced by their first impression of us.  It only takes 5 seconds to form first impression, so make your image work for you. Your image is your visual resume. Wear appropriate business attire. By making a positive first impression through your physical appearance, it will open the door to people wanting ...

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