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How to begin and end networking conversations smoothly.

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Communication is key to networking.

This article has lots of great tips on how to communicate effectively.

My favorite:

To Just Flee the Scene

Sometimes, you end up talking to someone who really isn’t that pleasant or interesting. I once got trapped in an endless conversation about uses for old dryer sheets (I wish I was kidding). When you’re struggling for more conversation and need a reprieve, be kind, but assertive.

Try: Laura, it’s been great getting to know you, but I need to say hello to a few more folks around here. I hope you have a great evening.

Be kind, but assertive. I like that.

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