Add value to “boring” people to get rid of them

Add value to “boring” people to get rid of them

Are you one of those folks that just disappear if they want to dump a boring person at an event? There are more stylish ways of doing so. I personally enjoy conversing with pretty much everybody, as I reckon that no person on this earth is boring. However, I did develop my little techniques for situations in which I have talked to a person enough and am now ready to chat with other people. The common denominator of all of these strategies is: add value to your interlocutor.   Introduce them to someone else Look around: is there anyone you know? If yes, introduce this contact to the boring guy. If the two share synergies, even better! Make sure you follow our guide to offline introductions to create rapport between the parties. Once they start conversing, inform them discretely that you have to go see someone else. If you have done your connecting homework well, they won’t even notice your absence that much. You will have provided value to them, and at the same time you’ll be able to finally catch up with an existing contact or approach that person you’ve been wanting to talk to all evening.   Create a group However, sometimes the group you have just created is so interesting that you actually want to stay! Also, you can plan on building a group from the very beginning. In both cases, just make sure you introduce the two (or more) people following the above indications. Try to keep the conversation going about the synergies these people share, or about topics everyone in the group has something to...
Great networker? These are the professions you should be in

Great networker? These are the professions you should be in

New year, new career? Great at networking and want to do something with it? Or simply after a platform where you can improve your networking skills? There are at least six professions you should consider.   Public relations Publicists are the networkers par excellence. In order to have journalists write about their brands, publicists have to do much more than simply writing press releases: they have to build relationships and nurture them by carefully selecting whom they want to share which pieces of news with. Pretty often, they even go as far as spoiling journalists with luxurious events and gadgets!   Journalist It goes without saying that journalists build relationships with publicists. Moreover, almost like detectives, they talk with anybody who can provide them with hot news. If you want to make friends with a journalist, make sure you dispose of information nobody else has, and you are delivering only to them, on time and to the point. They will love you forever!   Event Manager People in this role coordinate a variety of stakeholders: companies, organisations, venues, caterers, technicians, musicians, guests and the media. Every event happens only once, so it’s unique. This involves a different concept every time, and thus always different people collaborating. Therefore, the network of event managers is constantly expanding.   Venue manager Venue managers collaborate a lot with event managers and all the other above-mentioned professionals. Also, they constantly deal with customers, some changing every day and some being regular guests. Venue managers will especially build relationships with the latter, but with their socials skills they will try to persuade the former to...

4 reasons networking should be your lifestyle

One business event per month and a little LinkedIn every now and then is what networking involves for you? Then it’s definitely not your lifestyle. It should be though! The best networkers don’t just allocate time intentionally for connecting: they also talk to people everywhere and always – at the supermarket, on the tube, at the gym. And they do so for at least four reasons.   It’s a muscle Networking is like a muscle: the more you train it, the stronger it will be. If you attend a networking event and are not used to talking to people, you will probably be nervous, connect with hardly anyone and leave early and frustrated. If you keep talking to people everywhere you go, you will not only be accustomed to it but also great at it, and thus rock every event you attend. Start by saying hi to five strangers a day this week, ask a question to five people a day next week, and engage in a conversation with five new faces a day the week after. This coaching technique is called layering, and will work wonders for your social skills, and thus confidence.   It will be needed Ever gone through a breakup and had to build your social circle from scratch because you neglected your friends during your relationship? Or lost a job and had to start networking like crazy, because you had never done it before? “Dig your well before you’re thirsty“, recommends Harvey MacKay. Because sooner or later you will be thirsty. In other words, there will surely come a day in which you’ll need a network. If you start today and make it a habit, you won’t need to get ready when...