Watch what people say about a BreakthrougnReno Network business mixer. You can improve your networking skills in Reno. Practicing your networking abilities helps to overcome reluctance to connect and talk with other people. The time to expand your network is when you don’t think you need to.
You can also learn how to small talk to can create huge opportunities.
Most of our relationships and friendships began as small talk. Small talk can lead to big gains in our personal and professional lives. When you engage in small talk you never know who will meet or what you might learn.
Here are two tools that can really help.
1. WHEN MEETING NEW PEOPLE, INTRODUCE YOURSELF FIRST. BE AN ICE-BREAKER
Be proactive, not reactive. Avoid waiting for others to break the ice. Take the initiative to meet and greet new people. This behavior communicates your confidence and willingness to be open and accepting of others. Be the first to give your name, to offer a handshake or a friendly wave. Not only will you improve how you are perceived, you will also open yourself up to a wealth of new opportunities and experiences.
2. LISTEN MORE THAN YOU TALK. BY LISTENING YOU LEARN ABOUT THE OTHER PERSON
Ask yourself, “How many people do I know that are truly good listeners, and who are they? Good listeners are rare. Good listeners listen quietly, pause directly after a person speaks, ask questions, paraphrase and listen empathetically. The most effective way to be a great listener is to focus on talking less and listening more.
BONUS TOOL: KEEP NEGATIVE THOUGHTS TO YOURSELF. NOBODY LIKES DOOM-AND-GLOOMERS.
If you choose to entertain negative thoughts, that’s your choice. But avoid sharing and infecting others with your negativity. Keep your negative opinions of other people, your pessimistic perspectives and your acerbic disposition to yourself. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say when everything out of your mouth is bitter and defeating. Do everyone around you a favor and keep it to yourself. Better yet, do yourself a favor and change.