Wear a name tag at events
DO: Write legibly and place your name tag on your right shoulder (most people are right-handed and will naturally look to your right when shaking hands).
DON’T: Never write illegibly or place it where your lapel covers it.
Carry business cards
DO: Make sure your name, your business’s name, logo and contact information are on one side. When you only have time for a quick introduction, your business card will carry you far beyond.
DON’T: Avoid using a font that is hard to read quickly because it is too small or scripted. Don’t overcrowd the card; leave space for acquaintances to take notes and make sure the paper quality is easy to mark on.
Set goals for your conversations
DO: Always try to learn at least two things about your contact. What do they do for work and for play?
DON’T: Don’t avoid asking questions, people generally like to talk about themselves if given the chance. It will open doors and you might learn some things you have in common.
DO: Try to get to know them beyond the surface and build strong relationships from the get-go. If you struggle with breaking the ice, here are some great ideas for meeting people.
DON’T: Don’t just talk about yourself. This will get people talking about you, and not in a good way. As my grandmother always told me, "Always listen to others, then you know what you know and what they know."
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