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

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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.

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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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en receiving a business card from someone, take a moment to write yourself a note on it such as where you met.

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

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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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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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Initiate conversation with someone who is standing by themselves.

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

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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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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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After the person has shared something with you, ask them another question about what they just said.

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