{Sacramento Event Photography} How to survive a networking mixer: SacBizConnect

You’re standing in the doorway, coat checked and a glass of wine in hand, facing a room full of unfamiliar faces. You feel a bit awkward and slightly panicked about whom to approach first and what to say. Your mind whirls: Am I dressed appropriately? Did I bring enough business cards? What if I say the wrong thing? Working a room can make even the sharpest businesswoman quake. Career consultant Simma Lieberman recalls the time just after she started her business and paid $35 to attend a networking dinner. She went by herself, dressed in her power suit, ready to mingle and make connections. When she walked into the hotel and saw the other attendees talking and having a good time, her courage evaporated. Intimidated, she turned on her heels and went back home. Mortified by her quick surrender, she soon made it a priority to excel at networking. ForbesWoman spoke with a handful of experts for advice on how to approach any networking situation. Here are their foolproof tips: Arrive Early “Be unfashionably early,” suggests Leil Lowndes, author of How To Instantly Connect With Anyone. The other early birds will be more available and easier to approach with fewer people in the room. Beginning a conversation among the first-to-arrive crowd means you’ll already know a few people once the rest of the attendees show up. Plus, you’ll automatically be in the middle of the party as others come in around you. If you arrive late, prepare yourself to face a wall of people already engaged in conversation. Offer a Simple Introduction The easiest way to break the ice at a...