As a business owner you really can’t ignore networking, but as an Introvert this can be a daunting task. Here are 7 tips to help you network:
- Love yourself for who you are. Don’t try to be someone you are not. Of course, we all want to grow personally and professionally. That is not what I am talking about. As an introvert you don’t desire to have all the attention on your. Feed on your desire is to come from a place of sincerity with a genuine interest in serving your client.
- Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking. Having a smile on your face even through you might be crying in fear on the inside is literally half the ballet won from the start.
- Bring a friend. Bringing someone who has a calming effect on you can help take the edge off of the awkwardness out of being in a social situation. Which we all know scares the begeebies out of us. Although, you can’t fully lean on this person. It is after all a networking, which requires conversing with more than just one person.
- Get excited! Being passionate about your product or service makes you excited about to share your excitement with others. This can help lessen the anxiety about talking to people about it and yourself.
- Find your mirror image. Networking can be scary and you aren’t the only one out there who has social anxiety. It is more than likely that there is someone else at every event that feels the same way you do. Try to spark up convo with the person standing off to themselves, chances are they are more like you than you realize.
- Take a lesson from the little engine that could. Just like the little engine said “I think I an, I think I can,” you need to tell yourself that you believing you in yourself. You can do this by find ing your best affirming words. It could be something simple like “You go this,” or the ever so popular, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Whatever you need to tell you self to help you keep swimming. Then just take a deep breath and go for it.
- Ask a lot of questions. Questions help to establish a connection and makes conversations warmer. Things will feel much more friendly.
Anxiety will always be there. The trick is to trick your anxiety into not rearing its ugly head.