Thursday, April 10, 2008

Networking with the Bigshots

Throughout our professional careers, we will often be told that networking is key: the key to information we need, the key to a job we want, etc.

The Economist offers up some tips and tricks about how to go about this daunting task, especially when you find yourself at large international gatherings. For example, when schmoozing with the adviser to the bigshots at the hotel bar, "Don’t express your own opinions on hot topics until you have a rough idea of what your new friend thinks. Express amazement and gratitude at even the most trivial insight in the hope of getting something better. If stuck with a bore or a nonentity, grasp your phone and pretend to take a non-existent call."

The witty, and probably quite realistic, post can be found here:

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