I know everyone has their own way of presenting themselves, and that's what makes us all individual, but there are some people that I want to leap up in front of and say "Liven up, this is your chance to get everyone in the room interested in you" but it's almost as if they're embarrassed and don't like to be pushy.
Now don't get me wrong, I am not a fan of pushy people at all, but there is a distinct difference between being pushy and being confident.
Who would you rather listen to....someone who looks like they wish they were a million miles away, or someone who makes you sit up and listen, who makes you feel invigorated by their contagious enthusiasm for their business?
When it's your turn to talk either to a new connection one to one, the networking table you're seated on or to the entire room, please think about how you present yourself....and look at the people who you feel give a good presentation and make a few notes.
Talking of notes, it's no bad thing to make some notes of the salient points you want to get across in your introduction. If you're worried you're going to waffle, forget something important or holding a piece of paper is a comfort, then go with it.
When I go to a new networking group, I always make notes so that I don't stumble over my words and look like I know exactly what I'm doing...it's all about perception.
I absolutely love supporting people and helping them get the most out of their networking, so much so that I run workshops to help people do just that.
If there's anything I can ever help you with, please let me know as I'm always happy to chat and offer support over a coffee.