Posts tagged expand your network
Beyond business cards: how to become a great conversationalist

Last night I was at a work party that we were hosting - it was full of friends, family and business connections, most of whom I didn't know. While I'm an advocate of expanding your network, I personally enjoy building relationships one-on-one through mutual connections. It lends credibility by way of your shared friend and it allows both parties to engage one another without twenty interruptions from people jumping in to "say hey". Despite my personal preferences, this was the perfect position to meet some interesting people. Everyone there was friends with my boss so we instantly had something to talk about. On top of that, since we are a marketing firm, our clients come from any industry you can imagine which strengthens our network. But most of all, these were people who were genuinely interesting - people who had something to offer that wasn't industry specific.

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