We are all so focused on ensuring that we break the ice charmingly that we neglect the fact that ending suitably is just as important! Having an impactful start will do you little good if you are not able to end it in your favor. After all, it is while concluding the conversation that you can drive profitability by getting advice, exchanging contact details, or simply exiting.
Listed below are some scenarios and advice about concluding a conversation in each case:
When You Want To Connect With The Person Later On
We all know the benefits of strategic partnerships and who knows which of your business connections may lead to one? That is why you should focus on exchanging contact information with people you think hold value and worth. Sometimes, if the situation permits, you can even ask for a meeting in the near future.
You can say: It was a pleasure meeting you but I have to take leave now. How about/Could we connect later and continue our conversation? Here’s my card. If the other person echoes your thoughts, he/she will be more than happy to give you his/her contact details as well.
When You Are Positive That You Might Meet Up Again At Another Event
Many entrepreneurs make it a point to attend as many events, seminars, and conferences as they can in order to lay out business connections and to learn about business strategy from the experts. You can always end a conversation with such entrepreneurs by suggesting that you attend an event together.
You can say: I had a great time connecting with you. Say, are you planning on attending the xxx event next month? I think it will be helpful to both of us, so may be we could meet up there/attend it together?
When You Want To Take Advice But Also Exit and Network With Others
If you are stuck talking to the same person all night at the event, you have basically wasted wonderful opportunities. New contacts can bring new resources and advices with them but you shouldn’t spend all of your time with one person. If you think the person really has something insightful to say, propose that you can connect over lunch in the coming few days and then take leave.
You can say: I am seeing quite a few bumps in my career at the moment and would be grateful if you could offer some advice. Can we meet up for lunch this Sunday afternoon/next week/anytime soon? I need to meet a few others now but hopefully we can catch up later?
When You Simply Want To Close The Conversation
Not all business connections will be pleasant and helpful. You will find a few people who are really not worth your time. In such situations you surely want to flee but that is rude. What do you do then? You be kind but emphatic at the same time.
You can say: It was great talking to you but I need to meet with a few others here. I hope you have a good day/evening/night.
Business connections depend on conclusions just as much as they depend on the commencement. Neglecting the closure could leave you in an awkward situation.
Most of us are so worried about starting a conversation that we forget that closing it can actually be trickier. Assess the situation and the person you are talking to in order to decide on how to conclude. Each situation is different and calls for a different approach.
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