Every chance you get to network turns out the same.
You show up in a room at least two thirds-full of strangers and you catch an eye here, a smile there.
Spotting someone who seems worth a chat, one of your three stock opening lines tumbles out of your mouth with a dull thud, like a sleeping baby rolling out of bed onto the floor.
- How are you?
- Where are you from?
- What do you do?
The conversation starts with a whimper, and just winds down from there.
Next-day result: A bunch more dog-eared business cards to gather dust on your desk for the next three years.
Networking 2.0: try this!
- What’s the biggest thing you’re working on right now?
- What do you need most in your business this year?
- How are you helping folks like me these days?
The conversation is engaging, flowing and might just lead somewhere.
Next-day result: A bunch of new connections, enthused and empowered to do great work, maybe even with you!
That was easy!