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Effortless Networking Conversations the heart of networkingBy: Sri Dasgupta
Conversation is at the heart of all networking activity.
How confident and comfortable are you, engaging people in conversation?
Many people have asked me recently about how to initiate and engage in conversation. In fact, over the past year, this has been one of the most popular questions!
Here are some of the ways it shows up:
Since it seems to be a common concern and question for many people, here's a short but powerful exercise for those who are really serious about tackling this question.
This exercise may seem easy or even superficial, but it's not.
The questions I'm asking here are not trivial -- the more thought and effort you put into doing this exercise, the more you will get out of it.
So here it is:
PART 1: Gather "data"
For the next 7 days, keep an eye out for the following situations each day:
Jot down what you notice at the end of each day, so you can remember it.
PART 2: Look at your "data"
At the end of the week, look through your notes:
PART 3: Action Plan
Now use this information to your advantage.
As I said, it can be a very powerful tool for you, if you do actually do this exercise.
So if this topic is of importance to you, invest the time to do this seriously. I guarantee you will see improvements in your ability to converse with people. Good luck!
(c) Copyright 2006, Srirupa Dasgupta
Sri Dasgupta helps business professionals get better results from their business networking efforts through focused and relevant conversations. She is the author of the Effortless Networking, and writes regular articles offering business networking tips and related resources.
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