Networking tip: How to meet and greet
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.
Previous OTC networking tips:
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It’s tough to start a conversation with someone you don’t know. The weather isn’t a great starting point. Neither is the food.
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Dress up. You’ll stand out — in a good way —from all the more casually dressed attendees.
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Don’t ask for an invitation when you show up at a booth. It’s one of those things that if you have to ask, you’re not going to get.
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Do what doesn’t come naturally to most people, seek out the people you don't know.
If you’re interested in an oil and gas career, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to study up on international issues.
Take careful notes of every encounter you have as you go from booth to booth, to help re-start the conversation later.
Loading yourself down with all those chip clips, thumb drives, mouse pads, stuffed animals, koozies, hats, hand-muscle exercisers and key chains sends a message that says, "not so serious."
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Do your homework: Spend some time doing research on the companies you’ve targeted. The more homework you do, the easier it is to talk.
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First impression: Don’t think of the convention as time away from the office in which you can relax and wear what you want. What you’re wearing should be forgettable.
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Don't get in the way: While many have received job offers during the Offshore Technology Conference, don't be too aggressive. It’s important to be sensitive to the sales staff's time.
Getting ready: If you’re heading to OTC, now is the time to make sure your on-line presence is in good shape.
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How to meet and greet: The key to confidently meeting and greeting people you don’t know? Practice.