Soft Skills

To successfully network, you need to Plan, Prepare and Participate.



  • Mark your calendar.
  • Develop your purpose.
  • Select your clothing.
  • Plan your self-introduction.
  • Replenish your business card supply.


  • Scan newspapers and magazines to prepare interesting conversation topics.
  • Prepare your small talk topics.


Since conversation is critical in making the networking connection, it is beneficial to prepare topics to talk about. These topics benefit you in any conversation. Your skill at conversation demonstrates that you are not one dimensional about your career.

Most people enjoy humor, use humor that is appropriate, tasteful, and timely.


  • Review how to make proper introductions.
  • Review and practice your self-introduction.
  • Learn about the sponsor organization and/or purpose of the event.




  • Enter the room with poise and confidence,
  • Orient yourself to the room. Look for interesting people.
  • Seek out people who appear uncomfortable or are standing alone. They will welcome your conversation and may be goodbusiness contacts as well.
  • Make the most of name tags. Use people’s names to greet them and start conversations.
  • Deliver your conversation opener with a smile.
  • Manifest a positive attitude.
    Move in and out of conversations.
  • give business cardsAsk questions from others.
  • Ask for business cards from those you want to contact.
  • Stand tall.
  • Smile.
  • Listen and pay attention. Use eye contact.


effective listeningTips:

Develop active listening skills. Listening actively involves providing feedback as the other person speaks. Nod in agreement; maintain eye contact, comment, and repeat key points that the person makes so he will know you are listening closely.

brochureFollow up:

  • Deliver what you have promised (i.e., send the article, brochure, reference)
  • Write a note of acknowledgement.
  • Write notes on the business card: reference to date and place of meeting and any particular notes about the person.
  • Remember to make introductions!


business card etiquettesBusiness card etiquette:-

  • Cards should not be given to the senior executives (unless a card is asked for).
  • Cards are given at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Your card is not generally given at the beginning of the conversation when networking.
  • Avoid scattering your cards in a large group or on a meeting table.
  • Give your card when you are asked for one, when you are asked to repeat your name,
    or when someone offers to send you something.
  • Be discerning about when you personalize your cards by writing on them.
  • Always carry business cards. Carry them in case to keep them neat.
  • Ask for someone’s card if you wish to get in touch with them.



wriing on a business cardVery important:-

Avoid writing on the face of someone’s card in the presence of the giver because it could offend them. Take an opportunity when you are back at the office or in the privacy or in your car or elsewhere to make notes on the card.



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