I really like these ten schmoozing tips from Susan RoAne via Guy Kawasaki’s blog.
The theme’s are
- prepare prepare prepare – for the event, for face-to-face contact, to make small talk, to make others comforatable, to listen listen listen & to read voraciously on the topic
- intend to have fun & smile 🙂
Put another way I think she is saying that the key to good schmoozing comes from accepting that the goal is “connecting” such that the other person will meet with you later to talk “in depth”. As Sue points out “in depth” is not a good thing at “shmoozing” events. She focusses on the point that “connecting” is the result of hard work preparing for the event.