Imagine you’re at a cocktail party, and you spot someone you’d love to talk to. This person is a future collaborator, client, employer, mentor or friend. You want to leave a good impression on them.
So what’s your next move? Do you:
A) Walk up to them, throw your business card in their face, and walk away?
B) Walk up to them, say, “Hi, you’re an interesting person,” throw your business card in their face, and walk away?
C) Wait for them to look away before slipping your business card into their pants pocket or purse?
D) Pick the right moment to approach them, politely introduce yourself, and participate meaningfully and respectfully in any public discussion they’re currently having?