"We don't meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our path for a reason."
Ok, so you're hitting the networking scene, happy hour, and social events in search of your next big client/job/partnership.Small talk happens everywhere and there's a way to make it more interesting and purposeful.How-to Turn Small Talk Into Big Impact:1. Networking Anchors: Prioritize your list of goals and identify two key objectives that other people can support. Just pick two things and organize your talking points, so they are specific and conversational.For example, maybe you need a sponsor for your charity event. After exchanging pleasantries, your networking anchor would sounds like this, "I'm preparing for my upcoming fundraiser. We're searching for food and drink sponsors right now. Excited to be raising money for such a great cause."2. Help Me, Help You: The next time someone asks, "what are you up to these days?" - tell them! Instead of saying, "oh nothing," mention one (or both) of your networking anchors.Many times this will just be friendly conversation, but plant a seed and you never know what may come of it.If you do this often enough with the same networking anchors, you'll make inroads. XO Oh, by the way
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