Tips for the bashful at social events

05/22/2009 | Forbes

While you may be a rock star in front of a judge or jury, a networking event can give anyone sweaty palms. Set a goal of meeting three new people in a half hour, focus on the other person rather than yourself, rehearse ice-breaking conversation starters beforehand, and find some resemblance between the new person and a familiar one. Particularly if you're looking for another job in this economy, this is no time to be shy.

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