How To Build Your Network in the First 5 Seconds

This is a great article from

The “Building Your Network “principle is simple:

Say something in the first couple seconds of meeting someone. (comment on something they are wearing, say a simple hello, find  a common topic quickly)

And do it wherever you are…At a bar, in the elevator, at a social networking gathering…etc.

If you don’t , it is much more difficult to initiate that conversation later (after you both have been sitting there or standing there in silence).

Ahh. So many wasted elevator trips.

WOW – what a difference thiscould make in my life and business, because my natural tendency is NOT to do this.

Being someone who does voice over work, it could revolutionize my business!

Thanks Ilise for your article!

Do you have sure fire ways to grow your network? I would love to hear!

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3 responses to “How To Build Your Network in the First 5 Seconds

  1. Stu,

    That’s a great tip! You can never make too many connections 🙂

    As you are a voice talent and carry your product with you wherever you go, it would be very easy to give a quick demo (literally, recite in person, not give a CD) and watch for the reaction immediately.

    Let me know how your experimentation with that goes!


    Stephanie Ciccarelli
    Co-founder of

  2. Hey Stephanie –

    Thanks again for the link.

    Connections are a good thing! 🙂

    I am definately going to see what happens.


  3. Stu,

    I agree with Stephanie. This is a really solid tip. And like you, I’m not great at initiating conversations right away upon meeting someone; but I can see how valuable it will be to put this into practice.

    Be well,

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