How to End a Networking Conversation

You know how to start a networking conversation – but – you might hang back because you are not sure how to exit when the time is right for you. Here’s a polite, professional way that doesn’t involve a lot of excuses or cringe-worthy pauses.

Ask for a business card. In the age of social media, it’s a step you might often skip. It’s a pleasant want to get the person’s contact information, and in the Americas it signals that the time together is ending. It’s easy to close with “nice to meet you” and move on.

If you really want to continue the conversation with this person in the near future, ask about scheduling a phone call, meeting, coffee or lunch in the future. If the other isn’t eager to do any of those, it is a polite signal that they are ready to move on also.