The professional cruise ship speaker needs to be a good networker.
Rick is a great networker. He loves to talk. He strikes up conversations easily. Before you know it he is engaged with whomever, asking questions, getting answers, listening and responding.
And … sure enough … he’s able to segue into what he does best – speaking. Not talking, speaking.
Networking is interacting with real people in their world of interests. You make a lot more friends by letting people talk about themselves rather than having them listen to you talk about yourself.
To improve your networking skills, you must:
1. Get out of your chair.
2. Walk/drive/bike/skip over to another person in the room and open your mouth with a question: Who are you? What do you do? When did you become a part of this group? Why are you here today? Where are you from? How did you come to know the others in this group? Or some such derivative of these questions.
Point: Get the other person to talk about themselves. And generally, though not always, anything you ask them, they should or will ask you.
Then make the connection between what they do and what you offer.
IMHO, everything has to do with everything. If you can’t make the connection, then let’s talk how to be creative … in another post.
For now, say something to another person you don’t know. Make a connection. That’s all there is to networking.