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Networking 1: Confident introductions and exits

Networking 1: How to confidently introduce yourself to strangers, break into groups and exit politely

How do you introduce yourself at networking functions or events to people you barely know, are in awe of, or who are complete strangers? Ever hung back on introducing yourself and missed out on opportunities, or had such an awkward introduction the conversation went nowhere.

And just as bad, have you ever got stuck with someone and not known how to escape? 

Instead, leave a positive networking impression every step of the way. Make sure you know how to introduce yourself confidently and smoothly, how to break into and exit from groups with class, and how to move on and mingle without using dreadful excuses. This dynamic, practical tele-class will show you how.

This networking live tele-class will cover:

  1. Why networking is more than "working a room".
  2. Elevator pitches - do we even need them?
  3. How to prepare positively for a function.
  4. How to identify the best people to introduce yourself to.
  5. How to confidently introduce yourself to strangers.
  6. How to know which groups to break into.
  7. What to do when people are all in huddles.
  8. How to smoothly break into a group and make a positive impression.
  9. Awkward silences and how to avoid them at the start of your conversation.
  10. How to introduce yourself to important or difficult people, whether because of their status, gender, age or fame.
  11. How to introduce others.
  12. When and how to give and receive business cards, if at all.
  13. How to exit politely from an individual without weak excuses.
  14. How to exit politely from a group and leave a positive impression.
  15. When to move on and mingle.

Available for private groups and organisations by request 

Please contact us to have this special networking tele-class conducted privately for your group or organisation.

  • Ideal for: Anyone who wants to improve their networking skills in time for the rounds of Christmas work functions, staff socials, and parties.

Presenter: Rachel Green:

  • Rachel is one of Australia's most dynamic, down-to-earth and popular expert speakers. In 2010 she was awarded the highest level of international accreditation in the professional speaking profession: Certified Speaking Professional (CSP); and in 2011 and 2012 was nominated for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year award.
  • She is the author of the DVD: "Business networking: the skills you need", recorded live at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and the nationally acclaimed three CD set "Be a winner at dinner: How to chat and network with confidence and skill".
  •  She is also a well recognised contributor to LinkedIn and other social media sites. In February 2013 she was commended by LinkedIn for having "one of the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012". 
  • She has successfully helped many leading corporate firms, public sector agencies, businesses and professional people develop their conversation and networking skills, including Coca-Cola Amatil, Horizon Power, Department of Treasury, Public Sector Commission, Ernst & Young, Minter Ellison, University of Western Australia, AIM, and more. She also conducted conversation and networking courses for UWA Extension for over 10 years.
  • She's high-energy, entertaining and engaging, AND an expert on networking and conversation skills.


Fantastic networking presentation

Rachel, thanks so much for a fantastic networking presentation to the leadership team at Horizon Power on Thursday. Everyone was very impressed and really enjoyed it!

Tracy Armson, Manager Public Affairs & Communications Horizon Power, Australia. 2013
Great practical examples

This was the first webinar I've attended. It was easy and a really convenient way to receive training - all in the comfort of my dining room! Rachel delivered excellent content and had plenty of great practical examples. I thoroughly recommend this type of training.

Kym Godfrey. Director, Accent West. Perth, WA.
I was able to take away so much from it

It was great to be able to do this live tele-class, in my own space and with no travel and accommodation expenses, but still being able to interact with other participants. Rachel's presentation was short, sharp and to the point; and I was able to take away so much from it, even though we only had an hour. I would recommend Rachel's live tele-classes to anyone wanting to acquire new skills, brush-up on old ones or discover something about themselves.

Cherie Wallace, Coordinator Statutory Planning, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia.
The webinar technology is so easy

Thank you Rachel! Your tele-class was a wonderful experience. Living in the country makes it difficult to gain access to valuable information and I find the webinar technology so easy. 

Donna Rayner, Project Officer, Mingenew-Irwin Group, Western Australia.
It was excellent.

After the webinar/tele-class I can now see that conversations are about relationships and not time filling! It was excellent. I got lots of topic ideas. Thanks very much.

Robin Harroday, Queensland.
Will help in all walks of life

I really enjoyed your networking presentation. The messages learnt will help in all walks of life from work networking to making friends in the school playground.

Darren Williams. Category Manager, Bis Industries Ltd, Western Australia.
Many useful strategies and insights

I enjoyed the networking tele-class yesterday; many useful strategies and insights. I plan to put your advice into practice soon! I will definitely look out for other opportunities to learn more with you in the future.

Debbie Falck, Perth, Western Australia.
Please contact us to have this special networking tele-class conducted privately for your group or organisation.