Unless you’re an 8-foot monster or freakishly beautiful – or both – you will have to find ways to draw attention to yourself when attending crowded business functions.
This was the gist of a discussion I had last evening with a fantastic group of Communication and Commerce students from Royal Roads University, in advance of the RRU Student’s Association’s networking event next Wednesday.
Yes, networking functions can be hell.
But with a plan going in, they can actually be great for boosting your self-esteem, and more importantly, making some lasting contacts.
Here was my advice: don’t talk about yourself. Be interested in the person you’re talking to and ask about them.
Just as a comedian cannot stand in front of an audience and tell them he’s funny, you can’t tell people how awesome you are. They have to come to that conclusion.
So be awesome by being curious about whom you’re talking to. Be in the moment. Ask about their jobs, their opinions. Ask them why they’re there. Ask them how they work a room like this.
Get noticed by being interested.
Thanks to Aisha Vance for organizing the evening. And to the peacock, for obliging.