Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Having a Conversation or How to Network Part II

Okay, so you've figured out that having a conversation is an art form. Maintaining a conversation can be a challenge, but, as business owners, conversation leads to building relationships, networking and positive impressions. So how do you make sure that you have left a positive impression?

You end the conversation with appreciation. You show your partner that you enjoyed the interchange in an upbeat way. You always do this with a smile and a handshake, even if it means going around the table. This final exchange, this surge of goodwill if I may, will leave a lasting impression. Remember that this sign of appreciation is a compliment during the last moments of your meeting and will be remembered.

9 comments:

creativesundries said...

These are good ideas.

I am comfortable having business conversations, and less comfortable with the idea of "talking up" my wares at a craft show. So, I don't! :-) Some people are good at doing this without seeming pushy. I don't want to seem like a pushy salesperson, so I try to be friendly *without* being, like, "oh-you-should-buy-that-because-there-are-only-two-left!" :-)

Are you in the TeamMN Etsy group?

Sarah :-)

Nancy Wallis said...

Great advice!

Blythe Hopes Vintage said...

I wear my vintage - so that starts me up a conversation no problems!

:)

SleightGirl said...

I find that it's so much easier to sell other peoples stuff rather than your own.

CAT Productions said...

Thanks for the great advice! Your blog is wonderful; I've enjoyed browsing it.

Natasha said...

This is great - I love your upbeat writing style. It kept me engaged so I know I would like your conversation style in person.

I'm new to your blog so maybe you've covered this already but how to you promote that sense of appreciation via the Internet as so many businesses are virtual these days??

I will be back :)

AnniKae said...

I think when we are communicating through text, it's important to maintain a positive tone. It's SO easy to misread expression in writing. I appreciate the advise that you shared.
Happy Day!
Anni Kae

jenscloset said...

My blog is so happy to meet your blog!

Patricia's Art said...

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Thanks for your good advice. Your blog is wonderful; I've enjoyed browsing it.