How to Exit with Grace
Networking events are full of professionals to whom you can be of service to or who can help you. In these situations, be sure to consider other people’s time, as they may also have others to meet during an event. Set your own goals to meet people, but learn to exit gracefully when you’ve finished your conversation. Here are some polite exit lines that allow you to leave without offense:
- "It was great meeting you, and I hope we can continue our conversation sometime over lunch or coffee."
- "Thanks for sharing the information about your new project. It sounds exciting. Best of continued success."
- "Let me introduce you to (name of another nearby colleague). He may be a good person to discuss some of the opportunities you have."
- "I'm so glad we met. Lots of good luck, and if I hear of anything that might be a fit for you, I’ll definitely be in touch."
- "I enjoyed hearing about your company and look forward to seeing you again."
- "My time has already been well spent having met you. Thank you."
Before starting your exit, if you would like to follow up or your new contact gave you a piece of advice, always ask for their contact information. Remember to follow-up with at least a short note and perhaps an email or call to arrange a future meeting. Over time, you’ll begin to build rapport and learn about each other, as you establish a solid relationship. Also at events, realize that people want to talk with others—so never monopolize anyone too long—for me 7-10 minutes.