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Connect with the person you are talking to by tilting your head as you listen to them.

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

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

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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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Develop open ended questions. You can use these to ignite a conversation. Try to find unique questions.

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

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