Category Archives: Conferences

Things relating to conferences and networking events

The Best Question To Start A Conversation With
– And How To Avoid Small Talk.

  Have you ever had a period in your life where you’ve wished you lived in a sitcom? Not for everything. Just to imagine what would happen if, when asked a certain question, you actually told the truth. A rash decision Several years ago, I took the bold step of quitting a job with great prospects…

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The Exact Steps I Took To Stop Being Shy And Start Being Self-Confident

I stood in the corridor of the stranger’s house, reeling.

I’ve pulled it off, I thought.

I’ve actually pulled it off…

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How To Never Run Out Of Things To Say (Whilst Barely Saying Anything)

There’s a conversational magic trick that is amazing. Anyone can do it. In it, you say almost nothing. The other person then leaves the conversation feeling that you are completely fascinating.   Avoiding awkwardness In the last post, I told you how to take the pressure off yourself, when trying to come up with things…

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How To Get Anybody To Talk To You

“I find it frustrating because I know exactly how you feel”, I told her.
She shouted back,
“If you know exactly how I feel, then you should leave me alone!”,
She slammed shut her bedroom door.

My plan had gone horribly wrong

I was 19 years old and in my first year of university. Jenna was my flatmate.
In that warm way that sometimes happens, she and I had bonded within seconds of meeting.
I always like to think of that as your souls bumping.

On this particular night, we’d been out at the local student bar with my sparky friend Alice. I’d engineered it, wanting these two beloveds of mine to spend some time.

The evening was awful.

Whilst Alice chatted away, Jenna…

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Why The Girl Guides and Boy Scouts Were Right, Part 2

When I tell people what I do, one of the first things they often say is, “I hate going to events on my own! I’m always too scared to go up and talk to people I don’t know!”. In last week’s blog, I talked about preparation, and how it can help you with this. Today,…

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TV’s Tallest Man Reminds Me Why The Boy Scouts Were Right

I can’t decide between the moment where the boat crashed or the point where we spotted the warthog. Those were the two most surreal bits of my Saturday morning. What should have more odd, was trying to have a casual, relaxed conversation with someone – someone who is 6 feet 8 inches tall – whilst…

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You’re No Different from Anyone Else. That’s A Good Thing.

I felt sick with nerves. Actual, genuine, nausea. It was my own fault. I cursed myself for being so rash. It was early Sunday morning and I was biking to the Women In Biz Network conference. I’d never been before. I’d actually never been to a conference before where I didn’t know most of the…

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