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Stop Sitting on the Sidelines
If you are shy around new people, networking events can be an intimidating experience. How should you introduce yourself? What should you talk about?
Striking conversation with a random person isn’t easy for some, but with a little practice, you can become a master networker.
First, set a personal goal to not only talk to, say, 25 new people, but also to ask each one a few key questions. Set another goal to bring back 10 business cards. Call (your new contacts) that same day (or the next morning if it’s an evening event).
Great salespeople learn to become lead magnets, and they learn how by getting out there on the dance floor.
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