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Don't rush into it

Don't rush into it

When you try to network with people, you can't rush into it with an introduction, and then jump straight to the punchline. It has the potential to be unsuccessful.

The rules for networking are not the same as for business. In business, we are taught to focus on the outcomes we need. In networking, the focus is on the conversation.

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Networking takes time to perfect. Network in a way that helps you achieve your outcome, and enables you to help the people in a way that's valuable to them.

People love talking about themselves. The primary goal when you network is to connect with the other person on one thing that’s important to them. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with your outcome.

If you were seeking a spouse, you wouldn't approach a stranger and ask "Will you marry...

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1. Pay attention to body language

Don't rush to join people having an eye locking conversation, there's no welcoming sign for you to join. While people in a loose circle is a welcoming sign to join. Pay attention to your own body language, look & act approachable.

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