First impressions count. Making a great first impression at any professional networking event function or social function can be a daunting task. Seven seconds is all it takes for us to judge someone we’re meeting for the first time. To make the seven seconds count, you’ll need an elevator pitch.
Keeping these seven proven tips below in mind, you’ll confidently conquer any networking meeting.
1. Punctuality – The best way to show you’re reliable is if you arrive five minutes before your appointment. Create time management habits like setting alarms or calendar reminders so you’re on top of everything.
2. Be Engaged- Once you’re in the thick of it, be attentive to the people you’re chatting with. It should be as if they’re the only people in the room.
3. Smile – Nothing says I’m open for business like a smile. It’s the best ice breaker, gives off an upbeat vibe and people will know you’re fun to be around.
4. You Catch More Bees with Honey – Lead with positivity, put a positive spin on negative subjects and don’t engage in trash talk!
5. Make Yourself Memorable – Your introduction should be as interesting as you! An intriguing introduction leads to curious conversation as people will want to hear further explanation on your job title. Any job title can be punched up to match your great personality.
6. Know the News – When attending an event where you’ll be encountering people for the first time, get your head in the game. Know the event you’re going to and the types of people that will be there.
7. Have a Sense of Humor – People who don’t take themselves too seriously come off as charming and more likable, which is critical if you’re trying to make that first impression stick.
Most of all, have fun networking