At Intundla Conference Venue in Gauteng we know only too well how many Corporate Functions and Events you have to attend this time of the year. Most of us will attend at least one during the course of the year but for some the highlight on their calendar will be when they can actually stay at home one night! The thing is that it really doesn’t matter how many functions you attend, what really matters is WHAT you do at them. This is an opportune occasion to make an impression on the right people to further your career. You never know when the impression you leave with someone could be instrumental in your advancement.
Here are 5 ways to make sure that you don’t only leave a decent impression but that people actually remember you.
1. Bring your A Game
This means that you not only arrive dressed well, but that you come with a positive mind and a winning smile. This way you are mentally prepared to engage with people.
2. Be a good listener
Contrary to popular belief it is not the best talkers that are remembered, but the best listeners. Actively listening means you are engaged in what the other person is saying and listening to understand. Ask open-ended questions to get people talking about themselves, their interests, hobbies etc. Every conversation does not have to be about work!
3. Know who you are
When asked know what makes you unique and stand out from the rest. Have a success story ready, people relate well to stories and remember them for longer. Never talk down about your boss, colleagues or anyone else. Rather have a compliment to share about someone that you work with. Importantly be authentic.
4. Stand out
Blending in won’t help you get ahead. Don’t be a wall flower, you have to take action and be seen to be found. Smile and make eye contact and proactively introduce yourself to others.
5. Think Smart don’t Be Smart
Thinking smart and on your feet is different from being smart and acting like you know everything. No one likes a know-it-all. Be open to learn from others and to listen to someone’s point of view that might vary from yours. This is the only way you grow.
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