Today’s Tip – “Hey you, hello!” … Say hello and goodbye to everyone at any event you are going to, performing or not performing.
Saying hello and goodbye to people only seems polite right? Of course it does! Being polite is also a good networking tool, that often gets overlooked in our busy day to day. People like to be thought of, and leaving without saying goodbye makes them feel ignored or worse disrespected especially when you are trying to make new contacts, that first impression is very important, so don’t skimp on it.
Everyone says hello when they meet new people “Hi how are you”, “Hey hows it going” Sometimes, they remember to say goodbye as well “great meeting you” “see you again soon”. Training yourself in remembering to do this will go along way to helping you polish up your networking skills. It doesn’t make you seem thoughtful, It is thoughtful. Make a habit of this everywhere you go. The convenience store clerk, the checkout girl the kid making your coffee. Every person you meet is worth your undivided attention while interacting with them. Most of us don’t realize how many people we ignore during a day, its become acceptable to be rude recently. Lets bring some politeness back into our days.
As an exercise, try leaving your cell phone in the car when you go into places. Say hello to the people as you enter “Hi, great day outside today” would work nicely, unless of course it’s raining then you seem daft. If they seem open to it chat while you get what you need to from whatever place you’re in, chat with other patrons too. On the way out a friendly “Thanks for your help, hope you get to go enjoy the day soon”. Would be nice as well. In addition to it being good practice for you and being polite. You just made someone’s day. When they go home they will have a nice story to tell their family about “This really nice person came in today”! Let that story be about you!