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Does the thought of introducing yourself at a professional event make your palms sweat? These networking tips can ease the anxiety. Plus, check out our roundup of current job openings.

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Starting a conversation with complete strangers can be unsettling.

However, communicators often attend professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, roundtables or networking events in their related fields.

These offer many benefits, including discussing problems your peers are facing, making mutually beneficial connections or finding a new professional opportunity.

However, it all starts with an introduction—and that causes some to perspire.

Even those with outgoing personalities can struggle with striking up a conversation with someone they’ve never met. That’s why it’s best to go into these situations with a game plan.

Here are four networking tips to get you started:

1. Have conversation starters ready.

Not everyone is an improvisation expert. It can be hard to speak off the cuff, so prepare some ideas.

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