Body Language This is a no-brainer, but look approachable! Maintain eye contact and engage yourself with the other person. Talking with your hands and nodding occasionally always makes you look interested. But if it doesn’t come super naturally, don’t force it. You don’t want to look like you’re conducting an orchestra. There’s nothing worse than talking to someone with wandering eyes and crossed arms. When at an event, there are so many people to talk to! But while conversing with someone, give the person your full attention and never look around to see who you should talk to next.
Appearance Dress the part and look nice. Albert Mehrabian conducted experiments on communication and came up with the 7%-38%-55% rule. In a conversation, three elements of communication determine whether we like the person talking: words (7%), tone of voice (38%), and body language & appearance (55%). The latter shows that appearance really does matter!
Bond Over Common Interests According to the Similarity Attraction Hypothesis, our brains are wired to like people similar to us so naturally, talking about common interests with someone else is probably the easiest way to bond. Talking about something you are both interested in makes you seem more relatable and approachable. We all love talking about ourselves so do most of the questioning while allowing the other person to do the answering.
Who Are You? You’ve heard this question since your very first job interview and at first, it probably sounded something like “Um.. I’m a high school student who loves this and that and I’m looking to get a job at your company.” Hopefully it’s gotten better since, but the “who are you” question should be mastered. When given 30 seconds to introduce yourself, you want to seem interesting and know what you’re talking about. It quickly gives others a general idea about what you do as a living and what your personality is like. People will also be able to remember you quickly and know what resources you can offer.
Lasting Impression When you’re ending the conversation, tell them how great it was meeting them. Saying their name shows them you care and will make them feel good! If you think this person could potentially be a future business partner/mentor/new bestie, exchange business cards! It’ll give you both something concrete to keep and refer back to!
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