Conversing at Networking Events; Navigating the Dynamics of the Workplace
Having skills is crucial, in professional settings especially when attending networking events within your workplace. However, engaging in small talk about the weather or weekend plans lets explore a more nuanced aspect of networking; navigating office politics.
Engaging in conversations about office politics requires tact and finesse. Begin by assessing the atmosphere and observing the persons demeanor. If appropriate for the event you can broach topics like industry developments or changes within your organization. This approach allows for discussions on office dynamics without delving into matters.
When engaging in talk focus on active listening. Pose ended questions that encourage the person to share their perspective on workplace dynamics. Share your experiences thoughtfully while being cautious about divulging much personal information.
Remember, our aim here is not to indulge in gossip or complain but to gain insights and develop connections. By discussing office politics you can gain an understanding of your organization’s culture. Potentially identify allies or mentors, within your workplace. Utilize this opportunity to learn from others experiences and contribute your insights constructively.
By including conversations, about office dynamics, in your conversations you will show that you have a grasp of how the workplace operates. This will highlight your professionalism. Help you build connections that go beyond superficial interactions commonly found at networking events.
Engaging Conversations, at Networking Events Unleashing the Power of Personal Interests
While networking events in the workplace usually revolve around matters adding a touch of charm to your small talk can make a significant difference. Lets delve into the concept of discussing hobbies – overlooked incredibly influential when it comes to forging genuine connections.
Of resorting to office chitchat consider steering the conversation towards shared interests outside of work. Whether you’re passionate about hiking, painting or amateur astronomy sharing your enthusiasm can create an bond with your coworkers.
Begin by asking ended questions about their hobbies and interests. What do they enjoy doing during their time? Have they recently taken up any hobbies? This not only brings a touch to the conversation but also helps identify common ground beyond the professional realm.
When discussing your hobbies share stories and experiences that showcase your personality and values. This can make you more memorable and relatable fostering connections that extend beyond the boundaries of work.
Remember that building relationships is our goal, as strong personal connections often pave the way, for professional collaborations. When you bring up hobbies during conversations it not helps you become more approachable but also fosters a lively and captivating workplace environment. Therefore the time you attend a networking event think about shifting the discussion, towards the range of hobbies that make each individual unique.
David Alssema is a Body Language Expert and Motivational Speaker. As a performer in the personal development industry in Australia he has introduced and created new ways to inspire, motivate and develop individuals.
David Alssema started his training career with companies such as Telstra and Optus Communications, and then developed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) within workplace training as principal of Paramount Training & Development.
As an author/media consultant on body language and professional development David has influenced workplaces across Australia. He contributes to Media such as The West Australian, ABC Radio, Australian Magazines and other Australia Media Sources.