Are you scared of Networking? Me too!
I was chatting with a fellow networking friend this morning and 'he' said I should start a blog on being a networking newbie............
So he rattled my cage, so here goes!
To be honest, this is rather hard for me to wite as I was petrified - it brings back memories of being 'out of control and out of my depth', but once I started to network I became addicted............. That's because I regained my confidence and made new friends into the bargain.
This is my story -
One minute I had a high flying job, a great career and a salary to match................. the next I was in hospital with my health gone, my job disappeared due to my health and my confidence down the drain...........not to mention 'no money'................
But actually, maybe this was the best thing that had ever happened to me!
But back to the subject, we are talking about networking -
I joined the FSB - Federation of Small Business - and one day I noticed that they had a networking BBQ - I didn't really know what it was, but I thought if I took my partner with me, I'd be all right............ Wrong!
We arrived and signed in and he then said 'I'll see you at the end of the evening' - END OF THE EVENING - No! You will be at my side! No, he said, there is NO point in both of us sitting at the same table talking about OSFS! He meant it too!
What did I do - Yes you've guessed it - I dived into the Ladies Toilet and refused to come out until 30 minutes later he came into the Ladies and dragged me out! Networking by fire!
2 years later, I am talking at Fabulous Women meetings, 4N and others and thoroughly enjoying myself................. and made some fabulous friends. What a difference!
If you are feeling a bit like a 'rabbit in the headlights', one bit of advice - just be yourself and if you are asked to speak or give a 1 minute introduction, less is more - Your name, Your business name and a very brief sentence or two on how you can help your clients and the type of clients you are looking for. That really is it - but just remember that once upon a time everyone else at the meeting had to jump through the loop and attend their first meeting - just be YOURSELF and enjoy :)
Networking meeting are odd - but we all want YOU to succeed, so remember that and RELAX and not only will you get new business but also make new friends and contacts too :)
Welcome to Networking - you are now one of us - so enjoy :)
Has anyone else got any tips or advice that you can give those new to networking ?
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