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How to Start Networking

Mixers. Business luncheons. Meet-ups.  After fives.  Doesn’t matter what they’re called, the purpose is the same.  They are opportunities to network.

Some people relish the idea of stepping in to a room full of strangers, working that room, throwing their sales skills into high gear.  But, for others, networking events are more like necessary evils.  For those people, that means show up with a stack of freshly-printed business cards, giving away at least three to each person we make eye contact with (so the stack dwindles that much faster), and then spend the rest of the time keeping our mouths full or on our phones so that we aren’t available for additional questions or conversation.  Man, what a waste of time!  Seriously, what can we expect to get out of that?

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