Thursday, June 12, 2014

WEDDING RECEPTIONS are a Great Place to Network



Now is the time to sharpen your networking style so you can mingle with poise and confidence with all kinds of people you'll meet at wedding receptions. It's easy to be good at small talk and make business connections if you know how to adapt your networking style and don’t say the wrong thing.

FREE PDF DOWNLOAD Chapter 1: "Identifying Your Natural Networking Style"

from my book, Turn Small Talk Into Big Deals: Using 4 Key Conversation Styles to Customize Your Networking Approach, Build Relationships, And Win More Clients.  http://www.dongabor.com/get-free-book/ 

The idea here is when the time is right to gently bring up business topics so you can follow up with those people at a later date. Coming on too strong like a networking shark, talking shop, or being a know-it-all will NOT win you points with your host or a new client.  

Of course, since you never know who you might be talking to, NEVER SAY these conversation killers:

x  "I hope this marriage lasts longer than his/her last one."

x  "If you ask me, they're making a big mistake."

x  "This will be the happiest day of their lives." (Implying that the rest of their lives together will be all downhill.)

x  "His/her ex- was a lot better looking and had more money, too!"

x  "This food isn't as good as the food at the last reception I went to."  

x  "I hate cheap champagne. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers!"

x  "I bet this wedding and reception cost a bundle. How can they afford it?"

x  "I wonder if she is ... well you know ...."

x  "When it comes to choosing a spouse, he/she could have done better."

x  "No doubt about it - she/he married him/her for the money."

To help target your networking efforts, ask for a guest list or even request an introduction from a mutual contact. Your goal is to build rapport--not make a sale, get a job, or snag a client. Keep your conversation light, fun and upbeat, and listen carefully for opportunities to tactfully transition into a business conversation.

When you learn about your personal style of networking—your strengths, weaknesses, preferences and motivations, you'll be pleasantly surprised how much easier it is to identify, tune into and connect with the conversation styles of others at wedding receptions and other social events.

FREE PDF DOWNLOAD Chapter 1: "Identifying Your Natural Networking Style"

from my book, Turn Small Talk Into Big Deals: Using 4 Key Conversation Styles to Customize Your Networking Approach, Build Relationships, And Win More Clients.  http://www.dongabor.com/get-free-book/ 


 

1 comment:

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An instructive post. People to really know who they want to reach and why or else, they'll have no way to know what they're trying to achieve. People need to hear this and have it drilled in their brains..
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