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6. Always Give Your Full Attention

The person with whom you're speaking is worthy of your full attention.

While this should go without saying, noticeably glancing sideways to see who else is around is off-putting and unprofessional. If you decide you don't want to keep talking, you can simply say you enjoyed the conversation, wish the person success, and move on. But all it takes is rubbing the right person the wrong way just once to lose a potentially crucial networking connection.