How to Network Without Sounding Like a Jerk

As with dating, professional networking can go a lot smoother with a little ice-breaker to warm up the conversation.

"Go for a simple question, such as 'How did you hear of this event?' Or, pull up a chair and sit down with a group and introduce yourself. If it doesn't click, leave," Witter says. "And if you want to move on when you're speaking with someone, say "It was so lovely meeting you. I have to step away, but let's definitely continue the conversation. Can I have your card?"