- Pretend its a social (versus professional gathering). That doesn’t mean you don’t act professional but it does mean that you imagine that you are at a big party with friends and your main objective is not to give out business cards, but to get to know the people around you on a personal level. I start out with “Do you live around here?” This works for me because I was born and raised in Georgia so I always have a personal story no matter where the person says they live.
- Find someone interesting to talk hold a conversation. I usually look for someone who is (1) alone and (2) looks like they have a story. No. 2 is subjective but, for example, if someone has their tie unloosened, I assumed they had a hard day at the office and probably would like to talk about it. It creates an instant connection because they can vent. If a woman has on a pair of hot pink heels, that usually means they have an interesting personality. And I love to talk about heels!
- Hang around the organizer or “life of the party”. These people are usually easily identifiable because they have a special tag, their name was on the invitation or they have a crowd of people around them. If you introduce yourself and tell them the type of people you want to meet and ASK them for an introduction, that’s a surefire way to get directly to your objective of meeting people you need to meet.
Best Professional Regards,
Dar’shun N. Kendrick, Esq./M.B.A.
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