6 etiquette tips for your next networking event

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Networking events are a common occurrence in today’s business regardless of industry. Some business professionals look forward to these events while others have great anxiety about being forced to talk to a room full of strangers. Here are a few tips to make it a good experience.
Know your purpose. Start by asking yourself a few questions. Why are you attending this event and what do you hope to gain? Do you have a specific goal for the type or number of people you plan to meet? How can this networking meeting help you in your business or career? It is important to remember that the primary purpose of networking should be to build relationships first and business sales second. Having this mindset will help you come across as helpful, friendly and resourceful rather than the pushy sales guy.
Know your audience. Know your audience. Make sure you know who is hosting and something about them (company or person) as well as the purpose of the event. Confirm the dress code – whether business attire or otherwise. When possible, learn ahead of time who else will be in attendance – by industry, company or individual name - to determine if there is anyone you would particularly like to meet for potential business; then plan your introduction points accordingly. (Read Full Article at www.al.com by Clicking Read More button below)
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By Michelle Powell CEO of Professional Manner March 10th, 2014

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