When you meet someone new it is important that you are able to carry an intelligent conversation. You don’t want to come across unprofessional and uninspiring. Therefore, become a sponge and read business books and magazines so you stay current with the trends.
You don’t have to be an expert in all areas to have a good conversation. It is helpful if you know of the current business trends and what is in the news. By staying on top of this information, you are demonstrating that you pay attention to what is happening around you.
Not only should you soak up the news around you, but also you should soak up what others are sharing you with you about themselves and their businesses. Let people talk so you can learn. Take notes on the back of business cards so you can remember what was said.
If you take good notes, then you will have great information for a follow-up conversation. By mentioning some of what you talked about in your follow-up, you are showing that you pay attention.
The initial impression of you by others is critical for your personal brand. Make sure that you do what it takes to have a positive image.