18 June

Networking: Ending conversations on a positive note

Networking: Ending conversations on a positive note

  A client recently mentioned how uncomfortable she felt networking at conferences. When I asked her for more details, I discovered that she’d actually made useful contacts and really enjoyed some conversations. So what made these situations so awkward for her? Her answer: “I just don’t know how to end a conversation and move on. […]

5 February

Five types who give small talk a bad name

Five types who give small talk a bad name

Hiding in the toilets or pretending to make an urgent phone call – these are just two of the strategies for avoiding small talk that people have shared with me over the years. What should actually be an enjoyable experience is all too often seen as – at best – a necessary evil. If you […]

10 October

Three ways to handle intrusive questions

Three ways to handle intrusive questions

  I expect we’ve all been there: you’re chatting to a colleague at lunch or a fellow participant at a conference when suddenly they come out with a question that you find much too personal. Perhaps How much do you earn? or When are you going to start a family? or Why aren’t you drinking tonight? Your first […]