It’s January … you are dreading the call to the local Networking soirée.
Are you the kind of person wishing there was an easy way to break the ice and so avoid those uncomfortable silences prior the feeling of … ‘I can relax now.’
Smile, you are certainly not alone.
Study the following FORM Guide beforehand, dispel the anxiety and be ready for any of the awkwardness that may come with breaking the January conversational ice:
F = have some Fun…. smile.
It’s the shortest distance between two people and easiest way to break the ice. Your first time acquaintance may be looking for just the same support. Smile as you introduce yourself:
Ask how the journey was .. ‘travel far for networking?’
O = ‘so what do you do, what’s your Occupation?’
Far nicer to swap cards (and do swap cards!) after you’ve established parity!
R = ‘is networking part of your Recreation?’
Perhaps there is a common opportunity in recreation outside of networking? Play golf maybe?
M = ‘what brings you here, whats the Motivation?’
Many colleagues find January a challenging time when taking the first steps to network success.
Smile and have some fun while studying the FORM Guide as you grow the trust through networking.