How to network a crowded room

NETWORKING is a vital tool in your business armoury – so how do you network a crowded room?

Here’s how. Walk up to a group of three people talking, and move in between two of them, staying just behind an invisible line that would be drawn between them. They will both move slightly back to invite you into the circle. The speaker may stop – in which case say: ‘I’m sorry to interrupt you, my name is [your name in full].’ Shake hands with all of them and then say to the person who was speaking: ‘Sorry, please carry on.’

Listen and then ask a question when you can. And to move on to the next group, say, ‘It’s been great talking with you, thank you,’ and walk away.

Or, ‘Will you please excuse me please?’

Or, Do excuse me, please.’

You’ve heard of winning friends and influencing people. Try it!

(Based on an extract from The Naked Leader Experience)


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