Authored by: Ollie Lammers
Networking and mingling with other professionals is a vital part of furthering your legal career. Mingling with other professionals can seem intimidating but it’s a great way to make connections that can be useful in the future.
According to Attorneyatwork.com, there are a few skills that can help you perfect mingling with people in the legal industry:
- How to open a conversation.
- How to go off script.
- How to mimic people to make them feel comfortable.
According to Attorneyatwork.com, here are some tips on how to acquire those skills when networking or mingling with professionals:
- Break the ice.
Try not to overthink on how to start a conversation with someone. Start by introducing yourself and mention the firm you work at. People like regularity and patterns because they make us comfortable. A conversation has to start somewhere and if your near each other without talking it can be awkward.
- Let them do the work.
Asking open-ended questions is an easy way to get to know someone better. If you’re at a conference don’t ask “Are you here for the conference?” Try instead “What brings you to this conference?” Having more open-ended questions will make the person have to give a longer response instead of yes or no. Also, if someone asks you “Are you here for the conference?” answer with more than a yes or no. Tell them why you are attending the conference or what you’re most looking forward to about the conference.
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