This article written by Sue Shellenbarger is an excellent guide to networking and how to read a room. HR Manager, Pamela Bradley is quoted in the article, sharing what she does to prepare for a networking event.
“The Smartest Ways to Network at a Party”
By Sue Shellenbarger
“Some people enter a room of strangers and glide along from one lively conversation to another, uncovering golden new business contacts.
How do they do it?
These people know how to read a room—a capacity that can be partly inborn, but also learned. From the barrage of sights, sounds and behavioral details, they extract clues about which people have the most to offer and which to avoid.”