…networking mechanics tips and tricks…

At a networking event, give yourself a realistic goal. For example, vow to learn the names of three new people before you leave. Remember, the emphasis is on quality not quantity; you’re not collecting baseball cards.

Learn someone’s name:

  • Repeat the first name when introduced.
  • Ask for the last name again or confirm the pronunciation.
  • Ask a question or make a comment about the person’s name.

Teach your name:

  • Say your first name twice.
  • Separate and articulate your first name from your last.
  • Make your name memorable by saying it clearly and confidently.

Your Handshake:

  • Use one hand.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Only pump once or twice.
  • Always smile.

Present a Business Card:

  • Card in pristine condition.
  • Card in right hand or both.

Receive a Business Card:

  • Receive in the same manner in which you presented yours.
  • Study the card to help you appreciate and remember the person.
  • Ask a question or make a comment about the card.
  • Never write on the face of the card in front of the card giver. Make notes on a separate piece of paper or on the back of the card when you are in private.
  • Never put the card away immediately or put it in a back pocket.

Source: Networking expert and non-profit professional, Mary Ryan.


Assess the quality of your business cards. Do they present your desired image and message? Think about the mechanics of “working” a networking event and how you are viewed e.g. posture, walking pace, speech patterns, personal appearance, dress, and manners.

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President of the Board and Executive Director for The Center for Life Transitions. Tom is responsible for overall Center leadership and strategy. His individual coaching/counseling as well as workshops and retreats focus on integrating leading career development ideas with spiritual exploration. Read more.