The Top 10 Ways to Work a Room
Entering a room full of strangers is not a favorite past time of most people. According to statistics, 40% of adults have social anxiety and 75% of all adults experience anxiety at a party with strangers. If you feel anxious when invited to an event, you're not alone. Follow these 10 top tips to help you successfully work a room without working up a sweat.
You may reprint this article with an attribution to Gloria Auth, Protocol Plus, www.protocolplus.net.
- Almost everyone watches the entrance to the room - use it to your advantage.
Stand up straight, walk INTO the room, pause, scan the room and allow others to see you.
- Don't rush for the buffet or bar immediately.
It's counterproductive to your agenda of meeting new people and making contacts.
- Find the host shortly after arriving to thank him or her and to make your presence known.
It shows you are a team player and supportive of the event.
- Approach someone standing alone or groups of 3 or more.
Avoid two people since they may be deep in conversation and harder to approach.
- Offer a firm handshake to say hello and good-bye. Women and men should stand for all introductions.
This shows respect for you and for the other person.
- Wear your nametag on the right-hand side of the shoulder area so it is in the line of sight when shaking hands.
- Don't carry anything in your right hand.
It should be free for handshaking. Holding a glass in your left hand also avoids a cold, wet handshake.
- Introduce yourself by saying - Hello, I'm John Doe from Citizens Bank.
The other person will then say his name and place of employment giving you an opening to move beyond introducing yourselves.
- Ask open-ended questions - how or what - rather than - do or are you - which may simply give you a - yes or no - response.
Focus more on the other person than yourself. Think - there you are, not - here I am.
- Act as if you belong there.
Socializing is supposed to be enjoyable. Have fun!
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