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Listen with intent

Listen with intent

The best conversationalists aren’t those who always have witty things to say, but those who are genuine listeners. 

Good listeners don’t just listen with their ears, but with their whole body. They lean into the conversation, establish eye contact, and provide their undivided attention to the person they’re speaking with.

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Go into a situation where you will need to speak with people with the mindset of, "I am curious and I want to learn more about other people", rather than going into it with the mindset of, "Oh no, I’m going to have to talk about myself a lot".

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Know where you stand on the introvert-extrovert spectrum
  • If you’re an extrovert and find yourself talking too much, try to shift the focus on asking more questions. 
  • If you’re an introvert, ask yourself whether you’re speaking enough and giving the other person enough information about yourself to help them feel connected to you.

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Keep your personal anecdotes short and sweet, focusing more on the other person’s stories than your own. 

To find out if you’re speaking too much, leave out some details of the story, to see if they’re really interested in hearing more. If they don’t respond, turn the focus of the conversation to something else that might engage them more.

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Ask open-ended questions

Those that require more than a “yes” or “no” answer, are the best type of questions to ask if you’re looking to establish common ground. 

Just be careful not to overdo your questioning. You don’t want the other person to feel like they’re being interrogated.

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Why networking?

Interacting with people with same interests but from different professions, nationalities, and cultures gives you a broader scope of life. Networking is an opportunity to practice starting conversations, communicating clearly and learning about people around you. These interactions will increase your confidence, and you will no longer feel anxious about starting a conversation with strangers.

Another undeniable benefit of networking is the impact on your business or career. Experts agree that success has a direct link to your networking skills. More connected individuals are more successful!

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  1. When you don’t understand a topic someone is talking about, don’t try to change the subject or walk away.
  2. Read a newspaper every day.
  3. Listen to an episode of a podcast every day. TIt’s often entertaining and will end up making you a little bit smarter!
  4. Keep books and podcasts at hand to make better use of idle time.
  5. Visit exhibitions. Thhey are a great way to learn new things and meet new people.
  6. Take a class on an interesting subject completely new to you.

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Leverage Social Media

Social media is an incredibly powerful tool for personal branding. 

  • Your up-to-date profiles can tout your skills and accomplishments for you, without you so much as saying a word.
  • Try joining LinkedIn groups or Twitter chats to participate in discussions relevant to your industry and connect with fellow professionals.

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