Sparked by Richard’s reference to John Corcoran saying people are terrible at networking follow up. I added this to the Inner Circle questions for 20/01 but conscious it’s a bit off piste thought I’d post it here too.
On the subject of basic communication, do people have any top tips for extracting oneself from the people who want to tell you the life-universe-everything at networking events?!
I’m relatively inexperienced at networking and was stuck with someone last week who quickly established we didn’t need his IT service but wouldn’t stop talking long enough to allow me to say “good to meet you I’ll take your card, shall we mingle”. Should I have touched his arm to make him pause? I am so rubbish at this I end up with the life coaches, pyramid cosmetic salespeople, and others cornering me for far too long!
What extraction techniques and phrases do people have that leave the person still thinking positively of you?