When you are attending an event with your main objective being to accomplish some effective networking the 80/20 rule can help you get more out of your encounters.
At any given networking event, spend 80% of your conversations focusing on whomever you’re talking to—and only 20% on self-promotion.
Don’t let nerves, self-interest, and often get in the way of creating what can be mutually beneficial relationships with those you meeet that can compliment your professional success.
Allotting 80% of the conversation flow to come from new acquaintances to you gives you the opportunity to get to know more about them as well as send the message you’re genuinely interested in what they have to say.
At your next networking event if you spend five minutes talking to someone, you’ll want to limit talking about yourself to one minute—and cede the floor to your new connection for the rest of the time. That doesn’t mean you don’t say anything at all.You should be able to acknowledge industry or field pointers your aquantance may reference.
Be prepared not pushy.
Remember 80 them 20 you.