Many business people attend networking events to make new contacts and generate leads. Here’s a humorous starter list of behaviours guaranteed to get you nil results.
This is an evolving list – please add your suggestions using the comment box below and we shall be delighted to incorporate them……..
1) Focus entirely on yourself and your needs – don’t be interested in anyone else
2) When you’re talking to someone, be aware that they’re probably a waste of time, so keep looking over their shoulder at other people around you, who are probably much better prospects
3) Do all the talking, and don’t be interested in what anyone else has to say. Drone on without checking whether the other person is interested or even listening.
4) Interrupt conversations by taking calls on your mobile/ cell phone
5) Be miserable, grumpy, negative and pessimistic; complain to everyone you meet about the poor turnout and quality of those present
6) Do a really hard sell of your services or products
7) Shoot round the room, pressing your business card into everyone’s hand
8) After the networking, don’t bother to follow up on any expressions of interest you may have received. Or follow up by stalking them.
ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS YOU’VE CONTRIBUTED…
Get drunk and try to pick people up
Commit dress-code faux-pas – wear trainers and ripped jeans to a CEOs networking event, or (worse still) suit and tie to a techie-geek event
Ask everyone how much they earn. If they make more than you , continue talking with them; if less, move on to someone else
Bitch about problems and disclose sensitve material about your own employing company
Get emotional about issues you’re having at home – openly break down and tell people you’re hanging on by a thread
Give unsolicited feedback to people you’re connecting with – critique everything from their core values to their Facebook profile picture
Start the conversation with a classic ‘lead brick’ self-introduction eg: “Hi, I’m just resuming networking after [insert extended period of time], having been off with [insert medical name of scary contagious, orthopaedic or psychotic disease]”
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