Have you ever showed up late to a networking event and experienced that initial burst of panic? All of the sudden, you don’t have an upper hand. Everyone’s already paired off, talking in groups, and you’re the odd man or woman out.

Take a tip from my Amazon best-selling book, Engage. This simple technique is called “Two’s a Company, Three’s a Networking Opportunity.”

If you see two people standing and talking to one another, if you try to worm your way into their conversation, you’ll likely be seen as intrusive and rude. However, if you come across a group of three — well, then, there’s your networking opportunity.

Groups of three or more are generally holding less intimate, more casual conversations and it will be easier for you to work your way into the discussion in a natural, friendly manner. It’s just one of the simple tips you’ll uncover through the Engaging Executive Programme, which provides you with proven, easy-to-implement strategies to improve your social performance at work.

Do you need more tips on overcoming your shyness or social awkwardness at networking events? Watch this vlog.