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EP1424 Sometimes you’re at a networking event and you find it is time to end your conversation. Here are a few ways to do it.

Summary

There comes a point in your chitchat where it's time to make the break. That you could blithely blab on, but, isn't it more effective to end the conversation when you know it's really over? There's a few ways that you can do it.

1st of all, you can say something to the effect of, "Hey! Can I introduce you to someone?" Then you introduce them to someone else in the room who spent some time with or who you happen to know.

In another situation, you might basically say, "Hey, I'm just to get another drink. Would you like something?" Then, when you come back with your drink, (or they can obviously say no) if they say, "No," you can respond by saying, "Good talking with you. I hope to see you around." If they would like something and bring it back to you, you can say, "While I was on line, I ran into someone excuse me, I need to chat with them."

The 3rd thing you can say is, "Can we exchange cards so that we can stay in touch." Normally, the card exchange is going to signal that you want to stay in touch and that's really the time to end.

There is 1 More Way that I think is the most blunt overt way of doing it. You say something along the lines of, "I have to use the restroom. I'm sure will have a chance to talk on another occasion. Have a great evening." They go off to the restroom.

There's a few different ways to in the conversation.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

How to End a Networking Conversation | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2019/04/04/how-to-end-a-networking-conversation-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP1424 Sometimes you’re at a networking event and you find it is time to end your conversation. Here are a few ways to do it.

Summary

There comes a point in your chitchat where it's time to make the break. That you could blithely blab on, but, isn't it more effective to end the conversation when you know it's really over? There's a few ways that you can do it.

1st of all, you can say something to the effect of, "Hey! Can I introduce you to someone?" Then you introduce them to someone else in the room who spent some time with or who you happen to know.

In another situation, you might basically say, "Hey, I'm just to get another drink. Would you like something?" Then, when you come back with your drink, (or they can obviously say no) if they say, "No," you can respond by saying, "Good talking with you. I hope to see you around." If they would like something and bring it back to you, you can say, "While I was on line, I ran into someone excuse me, I need to chat with them."

The 3rd thing you can say is, "Can we exchange cards so that we can stay in touch." Normally, the card exchange is going to signal that you want to stay in touch and that's really the time to end.

There is 1 More Way that I think is the most blunt overt way of doing it. You say something along the lines of, "I have to use the restroom. I'm sure will have a chance to talk on another occasion. Have a great evening." They go off to the restroom.

There's a few different ways to in the conversation.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

It’s Easier to Network Than You Think!

As most of us get older, we find it harder to get out of our comfort zone and do new things. We stop learning and growing. We stop developing ourselves and our soft skills like networking, preferring instead the comfort of complaining and blaming rather than the discomfort of trying something new.

Even in adult education, the problem shows up. As Seth Godin points out, in courses that he has developed for different platforms, his completion rate is among the highest . . . 20%! Why is the percentage in real terms so low? He believes that in situations where people run into something hard for them and there is insufficient internal or external pressure, people will go off and eat M&M’s instead of doing the hard work (personally, I prefer ice cream).

Networking falls into that category. I’m not talking about connecting with people on LinkedIn. That’s the easy part of the process. It is the real connection with someone where you build or maintain a relationship, particularly in person, that is so incredibly difficult. The excuse of time enters the picture. (I don’t have time to network. I have (work, family, friends, faith obligations). I just can’t do it!

Of course you have time. You have time to go somewhere once a month to a networking meeting, a professional group, a faith based group where you connect with people . . . wherever and treat it like an insurance policy.

An insurance policy?

Yes, insurance. the statistics on the importance of networking in career development and job hunting are clear.  In an interview I did for “Job Search Radio,” the show with the second most episodes about job hunting of any podcast (my other show, “No BS Job Search Advice Radio” is the #1 show), my guest pointed out that 70% of positions are filled as a result of networking. This statistic has been known for quite a long time. However, 70% of the 70% (49%) are filled as a result of introductions to people you did not know at the beginning of your search. Almost 50%! 

So let me coach you here since your discomfort about being in new situations has been stronger than what you know you should be doing. It is easier to network than you think.

Here are a few things you can do.

  1. Find a meeting. Meetups. Business groups. Attending your church, synagogues, mosque, meditation center . . . there are many places to network. If these aren’t enough, use Google, LinkedIn and other platforms to find a meeting. It's Easier to Network Than You Think!
  2. The next thing is NOT to arrive last minute unless you are looking for an excuse to fail. It is also NOT to run out the door. The times to network are before and after. Arriving late or running out the door is a blown opportunity and is a trick people use to rationalize whey networking does’t work. It works. You just aren’t playing by the rules of networking.
  3. Pretend there is no wall for you to stand next to. If you have trouble imagining that, recognize that it doesn’t need your help to stand there, nor do you. Look for a person or two who are talking and smiling and head for them. They know one another and probably have been there before. Walk over  and ease into the conversation. “I have the idea that you have been here before. How long have you been involved with the group (attending)?” You can also ask the people at the sign in desk for advice as to who you should get to know.
  4. Smile and soften your gaze to appear friendly. It is harder to connect with someone if you look intense, angry, distracted from your day, It's Easier to Network Than You Think!etc.. Keep smiling as you speak and listening. Listen for something that 
  5. Exchange business cards or contact information from the people you speak with to stay in contact. Thank them by email, text or another age appropriate medium for making your first meeting easier for you as a first timer. Continue the conversation. I don’t care how you do it but just that you do it.

Networking is pivotal for all of us but, like so many things, we only pay attention to how to do it when we have a real and pressing need. Acting that way is childish and foolish. We know better and ignore what we need like losing weight and eating right. Doing this is easy and will take less effort than losing weight, eating properly and doing high quality exercise. 

It’s time to do it.

 

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC  2017        

 

For more advice to help you with your search, read, “The #1 Lie Employers and Recruiters Tell.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me? Email me atJeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.