To be honest, networking can be awkward. However, if you want to expand your business circle and increase potential opportunities, you’re going to have to do it.
Picture this. You’re dressed to a Business to Investors event and have your business cards at the ready. You’ve got the perfect speech prepared and are ready to make your presence known. People are laughing about the silliest jokes, and the air is thick with potential. You are ready.
What you may not have considered, however, is who might be in the room with you. Knowing how to identify and navigate all the different personality types there could go a long way—maybe even add a little bit of fun to the sometimes boring, usually dreaded, networking experience.
If you can identify the types of the people at the event, you can better understand what clicks in their heads and communicate on their level.
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