Welcome to episode 63 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.

 

 

In today’s episode, I offer listeners three pieces of advice on how you can develop more confidence when approaching a group of people at a networking event.

You shouldn’t feel like you are interrupting or fear that they won’t let you in on the conversation. You have to trust your gut that people are receptive and that you will find the right time to join the right group.

The first thing you should do is observe and evaluate. You want to find a timely moment to walk up and join them. so try to hear parts of the conversation and find something to address to help you start speaking to them.

The second tip is to look for the odd one out. In a group of 3 or 5 people, there will be that one person who is that little bit off to the side, so you can start by approaching them. This way you can ease your way in and join the conversation.

The final piece of advice is to bring a friend or a colleague with you. This way you can tackle new strangers as a team and it will help you feel less intimidated when approaching a group.

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If you want to learn more about how networking can help you achieve your goals sooner, register for our half-day course “An Introduction to Networking” which will take place on Saturday 13 January in Dublin City Centre.

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