Does walking into a room full of people at an event, conference or networking meeting feel intimidating or uncomfortable to you? You are NOT alone! (Confession time – it scares my stilettos off sometimes, too!) Nobody said that you have to network on your own. In fact, isn’t it more in line with what networking [...]
You've decided to attend a local networking event and confidently enter the room, register and . . . suddenly feel rather overwhelmed at the prospect of having to start a conversation with all these people that you don't know. Add to that the fact that most people are already engaged in conversation in groups of [...]
“No offense, but I don’t want to talk to you. I’m not too keen on meeting you either. And dialing your phone number feels like leaping into a chilly swimming pool. But I will call you. I will stop in your office, and I’ll force myself to attend yet another chamber of commerce event. I [...]
If you are new to networking or if the thought of entering a room full of strangers all by yourself is nothing short of terrifying, then use something you learned back in grade school: The Buddy System.
You describe yourself as shy. Did you know that nearly 80% of Americans also describe themselves as shy? And yet, we all know that networking is good for our business and our personal life. What's a shy person to do?
Business processes and systems are good to have, but sometimes they can become monotonous or boring. The same can be true when it comes to business networking. So, how can we make our networking a bit more fun?
Too shy to network? You may be surprised to hear this, but networking is NOT reserved only for the outgoing and the brave. Sure, someone who is a natural extrovert may be more comfortable talking or in a crowd of people, but networking all comes down to skill and strategy, not personality type. It is [...]