You have a networking event to go to and you know you need to be networking to meet new people, to continue building those business relationships and that networking is key to building your business. And there you are: not wanting to go!
I love to network. I love to meet people. I love to connect with people. That is the reason why I started a networking coaching business. Yet, even as an expert networker, I have those rare times when I feel like staying home. I just feel like cuddling up on the couch to watch an episode of Suits on Netflix.
Don't beat yourself up if that urge to skip an event flashes through your mind. Do, however, make sure you don't let that urge win. Take charge of your thoughts. Give your head a shake and think for a moment what opportunity you might be missing out on if you don't go to that event.
This it exactly what happened to me this week. I was getting ready to go out to a networking event when that little voice in...
It takes great courage to walk into a room full of people. It takes even more courage when it's a room full of strangers. How do you handle it? Do you sit in the corner? Do you wait until people notice you? How long do you wait?
The reason I ask is this…
I was at several networking events over the past couple of weeks and while I was at one of them, I noticed this woman across the other side of this large room, sitting very quietly on a chair.
As I watched her, I noticed her posture was very prim and proper. I noticed how she fidgeted with the stem of her wine glass. I noticed how her eyes were focused only on the floor AND, I noticed all the people around her who didn’t even realize she was there!
There was probably close to a hundred people in the room. I watched for about 5 minutes, thinking surely someone would reach out to this poor woman and make her feel at ease. Nothing.
So, I went over and introduced myself. I casually...
It's amazing to me how many people "think" they are networking? It's even more amazing to me how many people are actually not engaging with their networks!
Some of you will think this blog is a little harsh. That's Ok! I don't mind. If it shakes some people up to get them engaging more with their networks, so they see growth in their business, then I am only too happy to take a little heat from those who may get their feelings wounded. And I'm Ok with it because I believe this message is THAT important. Important for you and for your business.
As a networking coach, it's my role to help the client shift their strategies and their perspectives. Simply put - sometimes it's my role to make the client feel a little uncomfortable. Sometimes it's my role to get the client stirred up. WHY? Because most times people need a shake-up to MOVE in a different direction.
I am speaking from experience. I am currently working with a business coach and am part of a mastermind with an extremely...