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1) Do your research- Understand who the target market of the event is. If possible, obtain a list of the attendees and research them on LinkedIn prior to the event, enable items for “small talk”
2) Find Common Ground- As you enter the networking event, approach someone who looks open to a conversation. Start with questions about them, their jobs, and interests.
3) Listen Actively- This is important. Do not just wait for your turn to speak. Ask relevant questions and listen intently to their responses.
4) Make a Polite Exit- When the time comes to exit the conversation, you could offer to get the person a drink. When you get back, they may be involved in another conversation, so you can give them their drink and leave.
5) Follow Up- Send them an email or add them on LinkedIn. Maybe they spoke about a hobby or issue at work and you see an article on that topic, so you could send them a link. This then gives you further credibility in their eyes.
This pandemic has led to more use of cards with our spending.
Resulting from the fear of spreading coronavirus by using notes and coins, have led to businesses and personal consumers to rely on debit and credit cards as well as smartwatches.
The Reserve Bank of Australia’s Assistant Governor said last week there had been a sudden shift to contactless payments during the pandemic.
Automatic Teller Machine withdrawals in April 2020 fell 30% from March 2020.
In April, some banks altered contactless tap-and-go limits to $200 as a measure to reduce the need to enter pin numbers for payments.
59% of people say they will use some cash but not as much once the pandemic ends.
44% of people use a credit/debit card or mobile for payment more than 12 months ago.
59% say some of their local stores are only offering contactless payments.
* Source- MYOB Survey of 1080 Australians May 2020