Networking: The Conversation

I’m home!!! Or at least I should be. But in the interest of sleeping and not stressing I scheduled this post for today. Next week you’ll get a recap of my travel adventures in Chile and Bolivia. 

I like visiting with people, as long as I don’t need anything. Once I need something, I can’t articulate a thought to save my soul. Which is problematic when you’re job searching.

networking conversation

Getting to Know Someone:

  • Are you from the area originally? (much less awkward than “where do you live?”)
  • Do you have a big family?
  • What are you looking forward to this summer?

Company/Job Specific: 

  • How long have you been with the organization?
  • Did you plan on being in this role? Or did you evolve into it?
  • What’s your favorite aspect of the company/organization/job position?

Religion/Politics: Personally I try to avoid this area, but if it comes up… be respectful. You may think you know how a person feels, but you can be surprised. Recently I was with friends and they brought up a news story, I didn’t share my connection with the story. But I did tell them why I thought the authorities were fighting the wrong issue. Keep it respectful and you’ll be just fine.

If you find yourself stuck with nothing more to say: “It was so great to meet you, I need to go thank the organizer for their hard work on this event” or “I need to go to say hi to my friend over there” or “I need to grab a cup of coffee”.

What conversation topics do you gravitate towards?

Do you struggle with how to wrap up a conversation? (I know I do!)

 

P.S. Read the first post “Networking: You Don’t Have to Hate it” here!

5 thoughts on “Networking: The Conversation

  1. Great post and thanks for the advice! Networking isn’t one of my strengths, but the Blogger Bash helped me start getting out of my shell.

  2. I have the hardest time wrapping up conversations and moving on… That’s my least favorite part of networking events! I tend to gravitate toward topics like whether they are from the area, where they went to college, what they do for a living, etc. I don’t even talk about religion and politics with close friends (it makes me SUPER uncomfortable) so I really try to avoid that if I can!

    • Wrapping it up can be so awkward! I’m a big fan of….I need another drink, or I still want to say hi to “x”. Or I’ll just, “enjoy the rest of the event!!” and hope I’m not too harsh in my closing of the conversation.

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