When starting any business one area you may need is to network. Yet many people do not know how to do networking to help their business grown. Below are some tips which should help you next time you are at a networking event.

You are at a networking event and you do not know what to do, who to
talk to or what to say.

How to do networking

Nerve wracking, isn’t it?

You could walk around asking, “So, what do you do?” Guess what –
everyone is asking that, and everyone else is tired of answering the

When you start a conversation by asking what a person does, you are
essentially saying, “So, is it worth my time to talk to you? What can you
do for me?”

The person feels like they are at a job interview.

Instead, try this. As you meet them, lock eyes and then let a smile
develop on your face.

By smiling after you lock eyes, you are telling them that you like what
you see. If you are already smiling when you look at them, then you are
smiling at the previous thing or person, not them.

It’s a psychological trick, but it works.
Look at them, catch their eye, and then let a smile grow on your face.
Just like if you unexpectedly saw someone you really like.
Say hello, shake their hand if you like, make a comment about the venue,
or the food, or whatever you need to break the ice.
And then say this:
“So, tell me about yourself.”
And then smile and shut up.

How to do networking

It will probably take them a moment to decide what to tell you about
themselves. It could be anything they choose.

And that’s the beauty.
You are allowing them to have an audience where they can talk about
anything they like – whatever is important to them.

You are interested in THEM. Not their business, or how much money they
could make you if you got ahold of their mailing list or they promoted or
your product or let you guest post on their blog.

You are simply interested in them.
Let them talk. Ask them a question if they pause, but otherwise just listen

They will think you are the most brilliant conversationalist in the entire
Congratulations – you’ve just made a new friend, and possibly someone
you will do business with. Later.
First, friendship.
Business, later.

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