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Networking Your Way to Amazing Success

Posted on December 18, 2006

By Dave Sherman

Hi.  My name is Dave Sherman and I’m a professional icebreaker.  Ever met one of them before?  What I do is help people feel more comfortable, more confident and more successful when they want to introduce themselves to a total stranger.  I have the honor of sharing a bunch of networking tips, tricks, and techniques with you this week that are easy to apply and simple to use.  If you have any questions, please post them here. 

Let’s start off with a few simple tips.

1. If you are attending a function where you will be wearing a name badge, always wear it on the right side.  It makes it easier for people to see and simpler for people to remember your name. 

2. Try to show up at every event you attend at least 15 minutes early.  This will allow you to meet the movers and shakers of the event, you’ll feel more comfortable walking into a room filled with 20 people instead of 200 and you’ll have better opportunities to start conversations with people.

3. Don’t start a conversation with your business card.  If you do, there is a 99% chance that card will end up in the trash.  Wait until people ask you for your card or until you feel that some interest has been generated in you or your company.


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