HOW TO WORK A ROOM: A GUIDE TO SUCCESSFULLY MANAGING YOUR MINGLING by Susan RoAne, The Mingling Maven® In the last few years, blog posts and articles entitled “how to work a room” have appeared which contain advice that ranges from useful to useless and counter- productive. As the author of the classic, How To Work a Room , now in its well-over 40th printing and in its 3rd iteration, I’m appalled by some of the advice that I’ve read. One prominent online magazine quoted a source who suggested “talk to the furniture for practice.” Really! How silly! How useless! Walking into a room full of people, especially strangers, is daunting for 90% of adults according to research on shyness. Whether it’s a holiday party, a business networking event, a convention, a fundraiser or a reunion, most people are not mingling mavens whether or not they self-identify as shy. Yet, our careers, businesses and social lives are enhanced by our ability to meet, mingle, schmooze, interact and make social and business connections. Be sure to prepare: 1. A self-introduction It’s NOT an elevator pitch. It’s 7-9 seconds and is a pleasantry. 2. Our attitudes Shift from wondering who you will meet to thinking about who you will be fortunate to “get to” meet. 3. Conversation Read the paper on or off-line and have 3-5 items of potential conversation to fall back on. (Latest movie blockbuster, sports championship, community project or restaurant opening, etc).
- Fall '15
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