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Chapter 16. Make the Most of Memberships > Make the Most of the Meetings

Make the Most of the Meetings

Just say "hi!" What's the most successful opener for starting a conversation with somebody? There's nothing complicated about the answer. The word is, "hi!" Just "hi!"

It's a "hi!" that flashes a message in neon lights: "I feel great about meeting you, and I'd like to talk with you." That "hi!" says, "I'm happy to be here, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you." It's inviting and energizing and relaxing, all at the same time. It's inviting and energizing because it signals that you're a person who is committed to helping this conversation move along. It's relaxing because it signals that you're a person who can take care of himself in a conversation. It's not the kind of "hi" that sends the message, "I'm just saying this to be polite, and I hope you won't take this as a signal that we have to talk." What a difference! And the difference comes from the tone of voice and the body language.


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