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13 Networking Mistakes

Dan Woog and Zac Frank

7. Monopolizing Someone’s Time

At a networking event, everyone wants to mingle. Try to cap your conversation to under 10 minutes (unless your contact is engrossed in your conversation). If you’re taking up too much of her time, she’ll tip you off by scanning the room, looking to the ground, or being unresponsive. If you see that happening, allow her to exit the conversation diplomatically. You can say, “Anyway, I’m sure you have other people you need to talk to. It was great seeing you again!”

And if you’re networking over the phone or by email, understand that the person you’re speaking with has a life that extends beyond you. Don’t be a pest if you don’t get an immediate response. Give any contact at least a week to write back.

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