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Make a decision about which organizations. Decide the ones you should join and the ones you dont have to join in order to gain value from the events.

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The best location for networking is by a high traffic area such as a main door, the bar, or near the food.

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As a way of demonstrating your networking skills, introduce each new person you meet to at least one other person.

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Prepare yourself physically and mentally for the event. Dress appropriately. Bring business cards. Turn your phone off or set it to vibrate.

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Determine how often you should be networking in a given month. This will help you narrow down where you should be going.

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After you meet someone for the first time, record information that will give you something to talk to them about the next time you see them.

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Keep your business cards in the breast pocket of your coat, a shirt pocket, so they are easy to access and in good condition.

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Initiate conversation with someone who is standing by themselves.

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Never approach someone if they are walking towards the restroom or if they have a phone in their hand.

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When giving a person your card, personalize it by hand writing a note or additional contact information on it.

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Identify where you should go. All venues are not right for all people. Do your research and find the venues that make sense for your business.

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When you arrive at a networking event, dont go to people you know. Find someone new , this will keep you in the right frame of mind why you came.

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When you meet someone for the first time, use it as an opportunity to get to know them.

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Give the person 3 to 5 seconds of eye contact and then look away briefly before returning your focus to them again.

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Always keep one hand free to allow yourself to shake hands with people. Remember youre there to network.

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When a person is talking to you be sure to look directly at them. Giving a person full attention with your eyes will encourage them to share more.

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Never try to barge into a group of people. Do not attempt to enter into the discussion until you have made eye contact.

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Register for the event and schedule it like a business meeting. Many people either dont sign up for events or sign up for them and then forget to go.

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Rather than telling a new contact all about yourself, spend your time asking them questions. Its amazing how much youll learn.

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During the course of a conversation at a networking event, use the other persons first name two or three times.