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Almost all networking training tells you how to start a conversation. I even wrote a post about it. But how to END a conversation at a networking event.
Why would you want to do this ?
Well it's probably the rudest thing you could possibly do - look over someones shoulder and/or around the room to see if these is someone more interesting to talk to.
So, here are a few ways to end a conversation (NOT all of these are serious).
"Please excuse me, I need to go to the ladies/gents"
"Shall I get us both another drink?" (Don't wait for the answer - just head to the bar).
"Please excuse me, my friend has just arrived and he/she is new to this group. Can I just go to see if they are OK?"(Note, this assumes you have some friends).
"Sorry, this conversation is boring. Goodbye" (To be used only in emergencies).
"Sorry a nice girl/guy has just come in and need to go and be all macho/giggly now"
"Ok thanks for that, I will give you a ring. I am sure we both need to speak to other people"
"You are the weakest link. Goodbye"
Get your phone out and start fiddling with it. (95% of people do this anyway) and pretend you have a call to take.
(Reading from delegate list)"Do you know Mr Accountant-Jones? I must introduce you"
"Your business card is boring. Mine is much better"
Do YOU use any of these?
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