Networking

In my last blog, I detailed 10 tips around business to business communication.  That got us thinking about how important it is to attend networking events in order to start a conversation about you and your business!  It seems that everybody who has even just spoken about their business, or what they do for a living, with somebody else has some trick on how to successfully communicate their message.  Check out these 7 tips to help you win at the networking game and get the conversation rolling:

1. Stick to What You Know

I discovered that the tried and tested conversation starters in other areas of life worked equally well for business networking”, like commenting about the weather for example.

Business networking tips: how to start a conversation
The Accidental Salesman

2. Relax

“Studies have shown that a one-minute relaxation exercise will increase activity in the brain that is essential for communication and decision making.

How to Start Conversations That Make Instant Connections
Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Walkman, Entrepreneur

3. Limit Your Speaking

“Limit your speaking to 30 seconds or less. Our conscious minds retain only a tiny bit of information. If you need to communicate something essential, share it in even smaller segments.”

How to Start Conversations That Make Instant Connections
Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Walkman, Entrepreneur

4. Master the Name Game

“Remembering names is an essential skill in conversations. When others hear you say their name, it makes them feel more connected to you.”

How to Start a Conversation With Strangers at a Networking Even
Jacqueline Whitmore, Entrepreneur

5. Tell Your Story

“The best way to form connections in networking conversations is by telling your story. Everyone has a story to tell.”

How to Start a Conversation With Strangers at a Networking Even
Jacqueline Whitmore, Entrepreneur

6. Let People Talk…About Themselves

“Generally speaking, though, when you meet new people, you can be sure they all have one thing in common: self-interest. ‘One subject in which they’re interested and know a lot about is themselves,’ she explains.”

21 Conversation Starters Professionals Can Use To Break The Ice
Jacquelyn Smith, Business Insider

7. Listen!

“Good communicators focus on listening to others rather than talking themselves, and create messages according to what they have heard.”

How to Create an Online Business Conversation Simulation
iSpring

I hope that these lucky 7 tips for using starting the conversation has helped prepare you for your next networking event.  Have you been to a networking event, or even just actively spoken about your business with somebody else before? If so, do you have any pro-tips on creating engaging conversations?  Please comment below to let us know!

Let Lighthouse help you or your business get your get in the networking game and get big ideas out to the world!

About Shaina Torgerson

Shaina Torgerson is part of the Client Happiness department at Lighthouse Conferencing, and also takes pride in being the media enthusiast within the team. When she’s not happily assisting our awesome clients and partners, she is managing Lighthouse’s PR and marketing efforts. She has a huge passion for being outdoors and active. Being an extremely active person, Shaina teaches yoga and love activities involving the outdoors like running, hiking, camping, offroading, snowboarding, hunting...the list goes on.

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Shaina Torgerson is part of the Client Happiness department at Lighthouse Conferencing, and also takes pride in being the media enthusiast within the team. When she’s not happily assisting our awesome clients and partners, she is managing Lighthouse’s PR and marketing efforts. She has a huge passion for being outdoors and active. Being an extremely active person, Shaina teaches yoga and love activities involving the outdoors like running, hiking, camping, offroading, snowboarding, hunting...the list goes on.

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