Ask the Networking Expert: Can I Send My Newsletter to New Contacts I Meet at Networking Events?

Can I Send My Newsletter to New Contacts I Meet at Networking Events?

Question:  You’ve just attended a networking event and now hold in your hand a bunch of business cards.  Is it okay for you to simply add them to your mailing list or subscribe them to your newsletter? Answer:  Only with express PERMISSION from your contact. This is one of my all time worst, “want-to-throw-a-tantrum-whenever-it-happens” personal…

Ask The Networking Expert: How Soon Should I Contact People I’ve Just Met?

How Soon Should I Contact People I’ve Just Met?

You’ve attended a business mixer, trade show or other type of networking event.  You’ve exchanged cards with numerous folks and even had a few good conversations as well.  Now what? Do you file their card on your desk somewhere — meaning to give them a call sometime? (ah, yes, the “good intentions” pile . .…

Business Networking Events: How To Start A Conversation When You Don’t Know Anyone

Business Networking Events: How To Start A Conversation When You Don’t Know Anyone

You’ve decided to attend a local networking event and confidently enter the room, register and . . . suddenly feel rather overwhelmed at the prospect of having to start a conversation with all these people that you don’t know.  Add to that the fact that most people are already engaged in conversation in groups of…

Ask The Business Networking Expert: How Do I End A Networking Conversation Without Being Rude?

How Do I End A Networking Conversation Without Being Rude?

One of the “dilemmas” of business networking is how to end a conversation in a polite, yet effective way.  Nobody wants to appear rude or insensitive, but let’s face it — we often find ourselves “stuck” in a conversation without a clear exit strategy. So, how do we end a conversation gracefully? It’s all in…