Networking: How To Be The Most Interesting Person In The Room

I recently came across this topic because I am organizing an event on this them with my non-profit team for Lean In Vancouver. In the midst of searching for a speaker who can lead our networking event, friends and mentors of mine got to talking about what actually makes a person interesting. There were a few great pointers that came out of our discussion and I will share them with you.

  1. BE INTERESTED! To be interesting to others you first have to be INTERESTED in learning about them. If you are interested to know this person beyond what they do for a living, and ask questions regarding such topics, they will find you much more interesting to talk to because you have taken an active interest in who they are as a person, and what they do.
  2. BE A GOOD LISTENER. I don’t even have to go into details with all the statistics that reinforce how LITTLE we listen to others, because we are always thinking of the next great thing that will come out of our mouths. Listen to what others are sharing with you and take the time to appreciate the fact that they are sharing with you. Great listeners ask great questions because they pay attention – and that makes them interesting.
  3. WELCOME OTHERS. It’s a skill to be in a conversation and keeping an eye out for people who are at events alone, looking to join in on a conversation. They would love it if you were inclusive and welcomed these people into your conversation. The more the merrier!

Try out the three simple tips above and it will make a world of a difference in your networking interactions – you will be building real friendships / relationships instead of just exchanging business cards.

Get the Basics Right: Correct Your Bad Handwriting

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Can you read that?

I spent the past day working through a list of handwritten emails for a client event and am appalled, blown-away, mind-blasted(?) by the really sh*tty handwriting a lot of people have. Excuse my language but why can’t people write with a pen/pencil anymore?

There were a good 20% of people that made me guess at their handwriting, so imagine them trying to write a memo at work on a sticky note. Sure, you can argue that a lot of things can just be printed on the computer now, but because nice handwriting is so rare nowadays (given our lack or practice being on our phones or gadgets all the time) that I get complimented for my neat handwriting every time I am at a meeting. Without fail. Every time. 

Do you think my clients would remember me as the girl with the neat handwriting? Probably not, but I guarantee you it’s a great plus to have. Clear writing correlates with clear thinking, and you can argue that people don’t believe in that…but what if you came across a client that did and your job depended on it? A good business person wouldn’t leave that to chance.

So get the basics right, pick up a pen, write a note, and see if your friend can read your writing.