Networking with strangers can be a terrifying experience for many people, especially when it's in-person. What do you say? What if you're awkward? What if you don't make a good first impression? Related: 9 Tips For Becoming A Successful Networker Don't worry - prepare! Check out these quick tips for more confident networking from Adam LoDolce, founder of SexyConfidence.com:
1. Know How To Break The IceStruggling for ice breakers? Instead of trying to memorize one-liners, keep things simple. "A simple 'Hello, my name is ___' is more than sufficient if said with a smile," said LoDolce. "Or, my favorite, 'So, what brings you here?'"
2. Get Warmed upDon't start batting without a few practice swings! Make sure you talk to a few people before you hit up your main target - it will ease your nerves and make you feel more comfortable. "The moment you walk into the room, just start chatting it up with someone to warm up a bit," LoDolce suggested. "Before you know it, you'll feel comfortable chatting up the big time CEO across the room."
3. Be Aware Of Your Body LanguageDid you know that 93% of communication is non-verbal? In order to give off a positive impression, LoDolce suggests doing the following:
- Don't cross your arms
- Keep a strong smile all night long
- Hold strong eye contact