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13 Networking Mistakes

Dan Woog and Zac Frank

6. Being Pompous

While you’re networking, you need to listen to what everyone else is saying. People help by offering advice. They are not interested in hearing how much you already know.

Only contribute to a conversation if you have something valuable and relevant to add. If the conversation is about an article in the newspaper about the auto industry, don’t mention that you were once in a newspaper. Do not tell everyone what your first car was. This is called a “selfish topical stretch”. It unnecessarily brings the conversation back to you when others wanted to talk about something else. Doing so, regardless of the topic, says that your either a showoff or uninformed, two things no potential contact will like.

7. Playing Monopoly with Time