Some people seem to be in their element when it comes to networking. They're the life of the party. People seem to want to hang around with them. They're confident and they always seem to know what to say.
This was never the case for me. I HATED networking. I never knew what to say and I always felt out of my depth.
Five years on I'm an Area Leader for 4Networking. One of the largest and most prestigious networking events in the UK. I get a substantial amount of business from it and yet I still at times feel nervous and awkward; even if you can't always see it.
It turns out the secret to being successful at networking is to embrace your introverted qualities. Believe it or not, it's your shyness that provides you with a unique opportunity to connect with people on a very deep level - and make money doing it!
Networking for Introverts
In today's episode of the Get Real About Business Podcast, we look at why it's the introverts that could be cleaning up at networking events. I talk about some of the things I did to overcome my nerves and how you too can do the same. Most importantly, I'll discuss how even the
To make things even easier for you, I've also prepared some conversations starters so you've got a way in with the people you meet.
After speaking with thousands of people at different networking events I know I'm not the only person to feel a little out of my depth, knowing what to say or how to connect with people. I'd love to know your story and how you feel about networking. What's working and what isn't? Please leave a comment below and let me know.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- BNI (Business Networking International)
- Coach and Grow Rich
- Michelle Schubnel
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