Category: Networking For Success

How do YOU Handle Awkward Encounters?

Awkward  encounters come in many forms, but the two that can cause the most discomfort are those when you are greeted by someone who treats you like an old friend when you have no idea who they are or how they know you and, conversely, when you clearly remember that you have  been introduced to someone several times, and they look at you blankly when you greet them.

So how do you handle these awkward moments without feeling humiliated or inflicting an insult? 

For starters,

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The Greater Impact of Holiday Networking

“I hate going to holiday parties,” my friend Miri complained.

“What don’t you like?” I asked.

“I’m not great at mingling, and I don’t like making small talk.”

“Anything else?”

“I get tired of telling people my life history and what I do for a living,” Miri replied.

Do you ever feel like this?

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The Greater Impact of First Impressions

Have you ever watched two young children meet each other for the first time? They are usually introduced, look each other warily up and down for a few seconds and then one says something like, “Do you want to go and play on the trampoline?” Sometimes, prompted or not, it is off they go. Give them exactly three minutes and they are chatting and playing away, and within the hour they have become firm friends.

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The Greater Impact of Respectful Curiosity, Diversity & Inclusion

One of my most popular workshops focuses on Networking to Enhance a Diverse and Inclusive Business Environment. And it’s popular for a good reason: being able to successfully navigate relationships with individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and generations is essential both for you and your organization.
Doing business overseas has allowed U.S.-based companies to capitalize on rapid growth in emerging markets like China, India, and Latin America, and to earn much stronger profits than they would if they were totally dependent on the U.S.

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