Networking - wing it and you'll flap in the breeze
It is the inevitable topic of conversation at a networking event: Tell me about your job.
When I explain my life's work -- teaching leaders to achieve their dreams through powerful public speaking -- my conversation partner often shrugs and says, "Oh, I could never deliver a speech. I get too nervous."
My response: "What do you think you are doing right now?"
Make no mistake, when you network, you are delivering a series of minipresentations. If you don't know how to put your best foot forward in these business-critical situations, you can forget about building your business or advancing your career.