When people are looking for a seat in a row, they often stop one or two seats before the person who is already seated, leaving empty seats between them. Instead, sit right next to the person, say hello and introduce yourself to your seatmate. Better yet, if you are the person already seated, say, “Please join me.”
“I learned how valuable this technique can be when I was seated at a session at Davos, waiting for Jack Ma of Alibaba to speak. There was a woman making her way down the row in front of me, trying to decide which seat to take. The gentleman in the row said, “Please join me” so she sat next to him. They started chatting and he said that at some point he’d love to meet Jack Ma, and she said, “He’s a very dear friend, I’ll take you over to meet him after his speech.”
-Excerpt from Quick Guide, 88 Positive Networking® Tips For Conferences, Gayle Hallgren-Rezac, Judy Thomson and Darcy Rezac, authors of Work The Pond!
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