Networking Rules of Engagement, The 1-2-3’s of Networking

When going to a networking event, one often walks into a room full of people that are already networking. So how do you join in the conversation, and when? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, when you follow these simple rules and let them guide you.

Rule 1 – 1 Person

As you walk in the room, scan for anyone standing alone. That’s the easy way, simply approach them and introduce yourself. Keep in mind, they are there for that very reason, so your introduction will be welcomed.

Rule 2 – 2 People

Anytime you see 2 people interacting, even if you know you just have to meet either one of them, just keep a mental note of who they are, and by no means, interrupt them. They are already engaged in a conversation and your interruption will be viewed as rude and intrusive. Simply take note, and circle back to them. Oh, by the way, don’t hover over them waiting for them to finish either.

Rule 3 – 3 people

This is the fun one. Anytime you see 3 people engaged in conversation at a networking event, feel free to introduce yourself  and simply ask, “May I join in?” This is typically and open conversation and if done properly will lead to 2 or more one-on-one conversations.

So remember the childhood phrase, “Red Light, Green Light, 1-2-3”

Red Light – 2 people, Don’t Approach

Green Light – 1 person, Approach

1-2-3(Groups of 3) – Feel Free to Join In

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Thomas Camarda

Thomas Camarda is a professional networker and speaks at networking events and seminars nationally. Thomas offers Networking training, both one-on-one or for your Networking Group.

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