Do you tend to get tongue-tied when meeting someone new or out networking? Are you ever at a loss for words? Have you frozen up when leaving messages or talking on the phone?
There is no shame in any of this. After all, everyone has at one time or another.
But, if you are looking to avoid this, then practice what you have to say. Whether you do it inside your head or talk out loud, there is nothing wrong with rehearsing responses to likely questions or practicing statements you might make in a conversation.
If you get in the habit of taking time to think through what you have to say (or want to say) before you embark on any sort of networking endeavor, you will give a better message. More importantly, however, you will get more respect from the encounter.
Like what you’ve read? Prefer to hear it as a podcast or daily flash briefing? Subscribe to the Networking Rx Minute podcast here or wherever you get your podcasts.