Confidence is one of those things that is hard to describe. But you know it when you see it.
And it’s not necessarily a skill with which you’re born. You can pick up some tips on how to confidently meet and greet people you don’t know.
The key? Practice.
If you get tongue-tied easily — and we all do from time to time — practice your introduction before you set foot at OTC.
You can do it front of your spouse or a friend, suggested Steve Ingham, chief executive officer of the PageGroup near London, England. Or practice in front of a mirror.
All you need is a few basics: who you are and what you do.
Ditto for interview questions, said Ingham. Think of the common questions —What’s is your biggest achievement? Why do you want to work for us? Or the perennial favorite: Tell me about yourself —and practice your answers.
Check FuelFix daily during OTC for more networking tips from L. M. Sixel, whose weekly Working column appears in the Houston Chronicle.
L.M. Sixel writes about the economy and the workplace for the Houston Chronicle. She started her newspaper career at the Beaumont Enterprise. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.