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Do not forget to mingle. Are you going with someone? If so, split up once you get to the event.

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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 approach someone if they are walking towards the restroom or if they have a phone in their hand.

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

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

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A networking event is not a time to see how many business cards you can acquire. It is a time to develop a few relationships that have potential.

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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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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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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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Initiate conversation with someone who is standing by themselves.

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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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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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When giving business card, be careful when dealing with people from outside North America as many cultures treat them with very high regard.

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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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Do not approach two people who are talking, as you may be interrupting an important discussion.

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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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Attend events with a plan. Always try to learn something new. This will keep you from talking too much about yourself and your business.

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When you meet someone for the first time, you have 48 hours to follow up with them before they will completely forget about meeting you.