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07/29/10
Conversations at meetings
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Recruiters, Leadership, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 9:29 am

In a conversation, a member asked–
“when I attend a meeting, I want to be
sociable and engage in conversation.  I
just don’t know what to say.  Can you offer
some help?”

There are four tactics to consider:  People’s
names, introductions, small talk and
elevator speeches.  Remember with all
of them we communicate a lot with our
body language.

- remembering names
hone the skill of remembering people and their
names.    [View the link.]

 - introductions:  consider–
“Hi My name is Theodore Roosevelt.  But
you can call me “TR.”  No one ever recalls
Theodore as it is not very common these
days.  This morning when I was coming in
my car battery died on me.  I had to call
around to let my colleagues know and see
if other arrangements could be made.  I
was flying from Hartford, as I am finishing
up my graduate degree at UCONN in
materials science with Professor Zhao.
As you can see AAA saved the day and
I made the flight.”  A little story with key
items makes a big difference.  Make it
easy on your audience to remember you…

 - small talk  2   3   4   5 
Each day assemble three topics you can speak
to nearly anyone extemporaneously.

 - “elevator speeches“  7 
Observe marketing experts and adapt to
yourself.  Consider
bringing a sample of
something that helps you tell a story about
creativity or problem solving.

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