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Don’t Listen to Your Mother. Talk to Strangers at Networking

By January 29, 2018 January 11th, 2019 No Comments
networking lunch, professional executives in suits, listening to guest speaker, sit with strangers to meet new people

An article Ira Koretsky wrote (our CEO) a while back on networking and building relationships inspired the title (Networking as a Tool – 5 Sure-Fire Steps to Increase Success).

Imagine you arrive at a lunchtime networking event. It takes place in a hotel conference room, comfortably sitting 150 people.

As you enter through the main doors, you briefly stop to survey the room. “Where do I sit?” you ask yourself.

If you are like many people, you follow human nature and seek out comfort and safety. This means you seek out people you know—friends, colleagues, people you met before.

No longer…

To be successful at business networking, you should be stretching your comfort and safety zones.

At your next event, only sit with strangers. Meet new people by sitting between two strangers.

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Dave Michaels

About Dave Michaels

Dave Michaels helps organizations accelerate their growth. Over the past 10 years, his specialty has been to help companies communicate what makes them special to find their best possible markets and customers. He has an MBA in entrepreneurship and a Masters certificate in integrated marketing communications. He’s managed a marketing agency, run marketing campaigns for companies of all sizes, and set up formal sales and marketing programs within existing businesses.