Networking HQ BLOG with Larry James

Friday, April 6, 2012

Listen Before Joining the Conversation

Filed under: Networking Tip,Rules of Engagement — Larry James @ 8:00 am

Have you ever been to a networking function and noticed several interesting people in conversation and wished that you could be in on what they are talking about?

netgroupHere is a tip. Take your time. Stand close by and listen. Don’t rush. If you determine that this is a group you would like to participate with, move a little closer. Usually the group will open up and before you know it, you will be standing close as part of the group. Listen. Observe. Notice the direction of the conversation. If it doesn’t appeal to you or you have nothing to contribute… move on.

If you like what you hear… say nothing until you have something that contributes to the conversation – then speak up when you have the opportunity.

This is an effective way to contribute and be contributed to. Often others will begin a conversation with you to indicate that you are now noticed as part of the group.

If the group doesn’t open up to include you, don’t take it personal, be on your way.


Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. From the chapter, “Be Coachable!” in Larry’s latest book, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! Larry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. Something NEW about Networking is posted on this Networking BLOG every 4th day! Visit Larry’s Networking Website at: “Networking HQ!”

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