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Welcome to episode 54 of Ask Mark, where I answer your questions about personal development to help you become the best version of yourself.

From interviewing people from all walks of life on the What I Know Now podcast, I want to share with you what I have learned from my guests by answering any questions you have about personal development, networking and building meaningful relationships. The aim of Ask Mark is to help you achieve your goals sooner and stand on the shoulders of giants.

I would love to hear your questions so please head to wikn.co/askmark where you can either fill out the form or record your question for me. You can also drop me your questions in the comments box or on social media in the links below.

Now sit back, plug in those headphones and enjoy because it is time to learn together about personal development, networking, building meaningful relationships and much more.

 

 

Today’s question comes from a listener who had an uncomfortable idle chat with someone at a recent networking event and I offer three pieces of advice that you can do to help make your next experience more valuable and enjoyable.

No matter where you go there will be those people fishing for opportunities and looking over your shoulder searching for someone else to talk to. These idle chats can be very uncomfortable.

The first piece of advice is to do your preparation and find out who is going to the event beforehand. This way you can have an idea of the people you would like to meet who can potentially help you achieve your goals.

My second tip is to ask questions. When you keep the conversation flowing by asking open questions, people will be impressed that you thought it through and they will also feel that you are really interested in what they have to say.

The third and final piece of advice is to maintain eye contact when talking to someone. When you really focused on the other person and pay genuine interest in what they have to say, people will warm to you.

If you enjoyed listening to today’s episode, listen to more #AskMark episodes on iTunes or here on the website, along with my What I Know Now podcasts, blogs and videos.

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