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1 Mastering the Mingle Go from Novice Networker to Master Mingler in No Time! Fay Poissant 2013 National Membership Director U.S. Junior Chamber Content is from “Managing the Mingling,” a JCI training.

2 Business Establish communication Broaden client base Learn new information Increase income Enhance career opportunities Have fun The Benefits of Mingling Social Feel comfortable Boost self-confidence Meet new friends Learn new information Have fun

3 Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performances Do Your Homework! Preparing for the Function

4 Adopt a Positive Attitude Attitude makes a big difference Go with an open mind and positive attitude Be enthusiastic and smile Preparing for the Function

5 Focus on the Benefits Write down all positive aspects of the function Read it daily It will help to keep a positive attitude Preparing for the Function

6 Plan Your Self-Introduction Tell people who you are Name and something about yourself in a positive manner Social: State how you know or relate to the host Preparing for the Function

7 Check Your Business Cards A way for people to remember you after the function Always have a supply of cards with you Write a note on cards received Preparing for the Function

8 Prepare Your Small Talk The aim for small talk is to make people comfortable Should not take over conversation or impress people Have some topics prepared Preparing for the Function

9 Prepare Your Conversation Read newspapers or online news publications everyday Catch up with local news Read about the organization Take note of what other people say Preparing for the Function

10 Good Eye Contact & Smile Look directly at the person Smile Be sincere Don’t look to find someone more important to talk to Preparing for the Function

11 The Handshake Practice your handshake Be confident with a firm handshake Handshake can show your personality Preparing for the Function

12 Arriving at the Function Arrive on time Take a deep breath, stand tall, walk into the room Look around for someone you know If not, find a friendly face and introduce yourself Arriving at the Function

13 The Buddy System Find someone you know who is attending and go together At some point, split to meet other people Develop a signal when you need help to remove yourself from a difficult situation Arriving at the Function

14 Time To Move On Break away, move on, meet other people Look for a quiet person who is probably as scared as you Take a breath, make contact and introduce yourself Arriving at the Function

15 Use Nametags To Your Advantage Find something about the person Remember the name Attach it to the right side Repeat the name to remember it Arriving at the Function

16 Opening Lines Different events require different types of opening lines First smile, say hello Then make a statement, ask a question or mention something about yourself Arriving at the Function

17 Listen Actively If you wish to mingle, become a good listener Display body language Eye contact, nodding, smiling and laughing, asking questions, making statements Arriving at the Function

18 Breaking & Entering Conversations Don’t intrude in a two-person active conversation Look for groups of three or more Approach, smile and wait for the group to involve you Make others feel comfortable Arriving at the Function

19 Moving To Another Group Don’t stay with the same people all the time Move out with an excuse Once out, move to another group Arriving at the Function

20 Use business cards to your advantage Make good eye contact and wear a smile Listen actively and be sincere Treat each person as the most important person you met today Move around the room and meet new people Always thank the host before leaving Final Tips

21 Questions Fay Poissant 2013 Membership Director


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