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Submitted by: WISE Los Angeles member | 6-15 years professional experience
What is the best way to approach a group of people at a networking event if they are engaged in a conversation that you'd like to join?
Step up to the group and make eye contact with someone in the group. Introduce yourself and join the conversation.
If people are standing in a closed circle, you may have to stand outside and slightly "elbow" your way in. At some point, someone is going to leave the group. Be strong and confident. Step up and say "I saw that you were having an interesting conversation and I want to join in." Then introduce yourself.
If you are uncomfortable doing this in an unfamiliar setting, practice somewhere you feel comfortable.
About Bobbie LaPorte
Roberta (Bobbie) LaPorte is founder and principal of RAL & Associates, a consulting firm providing career and leadership development services to technology, financial services and healthcare organizations. Bobbie previously served in GM, COO and CMO roles in several Fortune 50 companies, including IBM and GE. A certified career coach, she has an MBA from Harvard and is a nationally-recognized expert on the powerful relationship between physical fitness and career success, as well as an accomplished triathlete and multi-sport coach.
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