Non-Awkward Networking Tips!

The Daily Muse offers some great job related advice. I really enjoy reading their columns and emails and the most recent one I've seen touched on an interesting topic: Non-awkward ways to start and end networking conversations.

I enjoy networking for the most part - and not to brag - but I think I'm pretty good at it. But sometimes I find it awkward to end a conversation - so that's what really got me interested in this article. I thought that it might be of some interest to others as well - here are my two favorite exit strategies:

To Exit Gracefully

Sometimes, even when you’ve met someone interesting, the time comes when you’re ready to peruse the rest of the event. This is a great time to hand off one of those business cards burning a hole in your pocket.
Try: Steve, it was really a pleasure speaking with you. I’m going to take a look at some of the other exhibits here, but if I don’t run into you later, I hope to see you at another event soon.

To Just Flee the Scene

Sometimes, you end up talking to someone who really isn’t that pleasant or interesting. I once got trapped in an endless conversation about uses for old dryer sheets (I wish I was kidding). When you’re struggling for more conversation and need a reprieve, be kind, but assertive.

Try: Laura, it’s been great getting to know you, but I need to say hello to a few more folks around here. I hope you have a great evening.

Anyone have any other good networking tips?

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