We’ve all been there–you’re at a business social or networking event and you’re supposed to float around the room with a dazzling smile, making brilliant conversation. But in reality, the idea of introducing yourself and making small talk with perfect strangers is enough to make your palms sweat and your knees weak.
The good news is—these business etiquette skills are a learned art. People aren’t born with these skills and you don’t have to be an extrovert. And, best of all—you can excel at these skills with a little practice! Here are nine ways you can develop the skills you need to maximize attending these events—and give a great impression!
- Introduce yourself with confidence. When you can introduce yourself to someone standing alone or to a small group already engaged in conversation, it conveys warmth and gives a great impression of you. Practice in the mirror at home to gain confidence. Simply say something like this: “Hello, I’m Bill Smith, manager at XYZ Company. Do you mind if I join you?”
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