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this weekend as he stops in on his St. Louis portion of his tour promoting his new book LinkedWORKING. Lewis is one of those interesting characters that you want to gravitate towards. He has big energy and he gets stuff done. He is a guru on LinkedIn, runs and the sports fan in me on this one has to call it out, he holds the single record in a football game for receiving yards (418).

On the video you will notice a couple of tips about navigating your way to success at your next networking event you attend and here are a few of mine:

1. Don’t Be Shy
This is my number one rule. You don’t have to be like me and be wound up like a top running around at one hundred miles per hour or be an extrovert to start a conversation. Everyone is there for the same reason: To meet interesting people and make connections. Just introduce yourself!

2. Watch the Rock Stars
Observe the people who REALLY know how to network and watch what they do. Examples would be someone like Dixie Gillaspie who works the room with ease and has plenty of people coming up TO her. Sort of like ancient cavemen times, learn by watching.

3. Introduce and Vamoose
People love introductions. It take the pressure of sticking yourself out there completely off. Bring people into your conversations. Introduce around. This kind of karma will come back and help you!

4. Have A Game Plan
You wouldn’t play quarterback without a game plan and it is the same for networking events. What do you hope to get out of the evening? 10 new contacts? 100 new contacts? A hangover?

5. Adjust on the Fly
Now you have a game plan, but you may have to make some changes at game time. The bigger the event, the less time you will have to talk to each individual person (unless you stay glued to someone for the night…which is not so good). Bigger events mean your best bet is to make quick relationships and then follow up the next day to see if there is a good fit for business or a referral.

6. Follow Up Fast
Met someone you liked? Exchanged business cards? A firm handshake? Awesome! Now make sure you follow up and get together for a coffee of talk a little business. Have you seen my blog on following up?

 7. The Bottom Line
Networking in the “real world” puts a face to online connections and a whole new realm of people you have never met before. Have some fun and make some connections!

****Question to be answered below posed by Lewis****
“Are you actively involved with networking?” “What is working?” “What isn’t working?” Let us know below!

You can of course connect with Lewis here and check out his events (St. Louis event is Monday, March 2nd at 5:30-10:30 PM at SOL Lounge in the Central West End). We are co-sponsoring here at The Rise To The Top because I think it is super important to mix online and offline networking, so I will see you there.

And you can check out our events for The Rise To The Top on our Events page. Our monthly “Dinner and Discussions” have drawn a ridiculously cool entrepreneurial crowd and the list is already growing before invites for the next event even go out!

Live Passionately! – David Siteman Garland – The Creative Opportunities Specialist and Entrepreneurial Chameleon –

Have you checked out the new episodes of The Rise To The Top? Brand spankin’ new episode coming online this week!

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