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Category Archives: Socialising + Networking

Getting away from a bad conversation

You’re having a conversation with someone, but would like to get away gracefully. What can you say?

On the phone I might say something like:

  • “I should let you go.”
  • “I hate to interrupt, but I simply must take a bio-break.”
  • “Let’s discuss this another time. I’m too busy at the moment to give it my full attention.”

At a conference I might say:

  • “Excuse me. I have to rescue Olivia from a conversation. She just gave me the signal.”
  • “I hate to interrupt you, but I simply must take a bio-break.”
  • “I have to take an important call!… (explaining) My phone is on vibrate.”
  • “Sorry, what time is it?”

You’ll find other ideas and explanations in Geoffrey James’s article here.


The name game

People love hearing their own names. So when socialising, try and use people’s names as often as you can while talking to them. It’s a great way to build trust and to make people feel valued. And it’ll help you remember their names better! ūüėČ But, of course, you shouldn’t overdo it!

How to get talking

Not everyone likes networking and socialising. Some people can get talking without any problems whatsoever. Others find it difficult to get started. Memorising some conversation openers can help. You’ll find 17 here (link to: https://www.inc.com). And remember, always ask open-ended questions, such as: “What do you like about your job?” It’s the best way toContinue Reading

Getting ready for 2017

Are you planning a New Year’s Eve party and haven’t been able to give it much thought because of Christmas? Marieclaire.com might inspire you. What about organising a last-minute Black and White party or a Glitter¬†party or a Black Light party or a Mini Everything party? My favourite is the Midnight in Paris party. However,Continue Reading

Body language

Watch this short video (link to: inc.com) to see if you’re¬†making any of these body language mistakes.

Get talking

If you find it difficult to make small talk, just follow this three-step formula¬†(link to: time.com). Reveal something small about yourself. Ask an open-ended question (that means a question that doesn’t just call for¬†a “yes” or a “no” answer). Talk about what’s going on in the world. You’ll make a confident and intelligent impression.

When your partner says ‘thank you’ (part 2)

You might remember that we spoke about this topic some time ago (in June last year to be exact!). In Germany, when someone says, “Danke”, people normally reply, “Bitte”. But what do you do in English? You don’t¬†have¬†to say anything. However, if you feel you must,¬†try some of these phrases: It was my pleasure. I’mContinue Reading

Did you know?

You can always talk about the weather when socialising with a customer or colleague. However, what about starting the conversation with a surprising fact?¬†Something like: “Did you know that¬†London taxi drivers (called ‘cabbies’) have to pass a tough test called ‘The Knowledge’ before they can drive the black cabs (or taxis)”? Read more interesting factsContinue Reading

Get talking

In¬†Geoffrey’s article¬†you’ll find seven excellent questions to start some excellent¬†conversations with about anybody you’d like to connect with. Words you’ll find in the text: A ‘guilty pleasure’ is something you shouldn’t like, but like anyway. A ‘bucket list’ is a list of things you’d like to do before you die¬†(to ‘kick the bucket’ means ‘toContinue Reading

Just twist your sentence

I love this tip. Joanna Goddard tells us how to introduce people to one another¬†– with a¬†nice little twist. The idea is to say the person’s¬†name first and their relationship to you second. And not the other way round. It’s so easy, isn’t it?