352) Transitioning On

Transitioning On

Attending networking events is important. So is knowing what to do once you get there. Like, being adept at entering a conversation, making small talk, and then, eventually, moving on.

It’s true. While it’s important to be good at carrying a conversation, it’s equally important to learn how to wrap one up and transition to someone new.

After all, it wouldn’t make sense to spend all your time at an event talking to one person. So, here are some ideas on how you can move from one good conversation to another:

  • “Thanks for your time. I told myself I would meet three interesting people today. I have two more to go.” Or;
  •  “There is someone over there that I need to connect with. Let’s get together soon.” Or;
  • “Is there anyone here in particular you would like to meet? I would be glad to introduce you.”

Any one of these can help you artfully move out of one conversation and set you up to start another.


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208) Crucial Conversations

No matter who you are or what you do, you can’t avoid an occasional interaction that you sense will be, well, tense, contentious or generally uncomfortable. In these moments, your gut gives you two options: prepare for battle or run and hide.

However, according to authors of the book Crucial Conversations there is a third option. When communication is headed towards conflict, these authors encourage you to ask yourself three questions:

  • One, what do you want for this person?
  • Two, what do you want for yourself?
  • And, three, what do you want for the relationship?

The benefit of reflecting on these questions is that this line of thinking pulls your brain out of the primitive “fight or flight” mindset and engages a higher order of consideration. That alone will soften tensions and get you in the right frame of mind to empower a more productive result.


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