by Vadim Slavin
As promised in my last blog entry, I'd like to address the topic of efficient networking and bringing to a close stale conversations. I called it "Knowing your No's".
You've been there, I am sure of it. You're talking to someone new at a networking event. You are eager to identify the threads that connect you only to discover that the two of you have nothing in common. Furthermore, you are sure you cannot bring value to each other and any further interaction is simply a lost opportunity to connect with someone else. We're talking about efficiency here! Worse yet, you have probably been on the other side of that handshake oblivious to the fact that your partner is trying to shake you off.
Here are some signs for you to read your partner's attempts at breaking away from your grasp. Watch for repeated glances over your shoulders or instinctive eye scans of the room. A disengaged person instinctively rotates their body away from you. It could be their shoulders or their feet. A defensive stance with arms crossed on the chest is another sure sign you are testing your partner's resolve to be polite.
No matter if you are the one sending these signs or receiving them, here are a few simple tips which can help you end a conversation with grace and assert your mastery of making meaningful connections.
I hope these tips will help you save some time at the next networking event and increase the chance of making meaningful, long lasting connections. If you have any other tips to share, please post them in the comments below.
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