I can understand why a lot of people feel a bit terrified when it comes to networking, especially early on in your career.
There is the pressure to make a lasting impression within a short space of time, whilst battling the dreaded mind-blank. You don't want to appear moronic, you want to sound knowledgeable and spark interesting conversation, but you feel like you lack the confidence to lead a flowing conversation that isn't based on last nights football.
Although articles like these can be helpful, actually your networking is more likely to improve with the 'Practice makes Perfect' mentality. So go out there and give it a go!
To many, networking is terrifying. The mere thought of approaching strangers and having to spark a conversation can paralyse even the most outgoing of us. It doesn’t have to be so daunting. At the end of the day, we are all human and if we are at a networking event we are there to meet new people. If you are keen to get out there and build some prosperous relationships, Sam Booth, Deputy CEO of pro-manchester has pulled together her top ten tips to make the whole experience seem more inviting...