Many people are uncomfortable mingling during a networking event.  We are often worried about what people will think of us.  The easiest way to get around that is to put your focus on them.  How?  First of all, look for people who appear somewhat lonely, standing by themselves.  They will appreciate you coming up to them asking what brings them to the event, etc.  This helps get conversations going before you walk up to groups of people who might be engaged in a conversation.  It is easier to enter a group when someone leaves and you can enter in comfortably.  These tips will also help:   

  • People approach when your back is to light, such as standing in front of a window during the daytime
  • Keep your posture erect, arms and fingers open, with a friendly smile that invites conversation
  • Always hold your beverage in “left” hand to avoid wet and clammy handshake

Remember, the best conversationalists are the ones with the best “listening” skills!

For more information on a seminars or personal coaching, contact Rita Rocker, Chief Communications and Image Officer, Transformation Academy, 402-968-3250, www.transformationacademy.  Follow Rita on FaceBook: Rita Rocker;   Twitter: @Rita_Rocker       LinkedIn:;     YouTube: RitaRockerSpeaks