Your next step is to size up who you should go and talk to.
The 6 Networking Groups
Will Kintish, Networking Superstar, says there are potentially 6 types of groups you can see in most networking situations.
And they are:
- Single person – possibly new to networking, hesitant – talk to them
- Couples open format – easy to join in
- Couples closed facing – difficult to join in without interruption
- Trios – open format: semi circle or triangle – easy to join
- Trios – closed format: as for open trios, difficult to join unless you know someone in the group
- 4’s – format: stand in a circle or square, reasonably easy to join
Open format usually means they’re standing with their feet pointing away from their faces and they’re not usually face to face. Closed format means that they’re standing close to each other, face to face and with their feet aligned with the way their bodies are facing.
You can join the closed format groups, but usually it’s best to avoid them unless you know someone in them and you can introduce yourself.
Next time I’ll explain about the key skills and traits Kintish believes you need to be great at networking. Plus I’ll let you know what’s it’s like to be Kintished as I’m attending a Kintish training day today!