Perhaps the most effective networking is a one-on-one setting over coffee or lunch. That is usually within most people’s comfort zone. But how comfortable are you when attending a conference with a room full of strangers. Can you “work the room” without breaking into a cold sweat?
Here are a few simple tips to keep your palms dry.
While hundreds of people may be in the room, if you meet 10-20 new people, you are doing great. Even if you only meet 5, that is 5 more people than you knew before.
An easy way to meet a new person is when you see someone who you do not know, talking with someone who you do know. That should be in your comfort zone.
For those who want to stretch the limits of their comfort zone, introduce yourself to someone who looks more uncomfortable than you. Trust me, there are always lots of them, and they are very noticeable. They will be grateful for your initiative.
When eating a meal, sit with as many strangers as you can. It’s very easy to meet two people; the two who are sitting next to you.
This is the time to meet new people and expand your network.
For those reading this who are attending MinnCLE’s solo/small firm conference in Duluth this weekend, I hope I get the chance to meet many of you.
Originally posted on www.lawyerist.com.