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November 8, 2012 2:38 PM Subscribe
Please help me improve my informal networking skills
posted by seesom to Work & Money (4 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in an industry dominated by type A extroverts and networking is extremely important. There are a few specific things I need to work on. First, I really need to improve my ability to introduce myself to leaders in my organization. How can I approach them and introduce myself in a way that is natural?
If I'm at a dinner or meeting, I can chat for hours with no problem. But for some reason, informal events and happy hours with unstructured standing around and chatting leave me feeling anxious, whether I know people in the room or not. It is a little easier for me to interact with people who are around my level, but still challenging.
A few examples, what would be a good way to introduce myself at a happy hour with a senior executive that I would like to meet? What if I am at an event where I know a lot of people but not well, and I arrive late and everyone has separated into groups? How could I walk into a happy hour where I might not know anyone and start a conversation?
PS I scanned previous questions because this seems like a very common issue, but it looked like most were targeted to networking to help in a job search. Please redirect me if I have missed something obvious.