How to Network When You Hate Small Talk

By ResumeKraft

Networking can be difficult, especially if you're introverted or hate small talk. However, networking is a necessary skill.

Before attending a networking event, come up with a few conversation starters that you can use to break the ice.

1. Prepare

When you're talking to someone, try to find common interests or experiences that you can bond over.

2. Find common ground

People love talking about themselves, so ask questions to keep the conversation going.

3. Ask questions

Be a good listener: Really listen to what the other person is saying and ask follow-up questions.

4. Be a good listener

steer clear of hot-button topics like politics or religion to avoid any awkwardness.

5. Avoid controversial topics

Body language is important, so make sure you appear friendly and approachable.

6. make eye contact

Don't try to be someone you're not. Be genuine and people will be more likely to remember you.

7. Be yourself

After meeting someone, make sure to follow up with them via email or social media.

8. Follow up

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