24 Feb How to Beat your Fear of Networking
Some people are born with a charisma that makes social interactions a breeze for them. For others, especially introverted people, communicating and expressing themselves can be a really daunting task.
It goes without saying that business success and effective networking go hand in hand. So, if you have a fear of networking, then here are a few tips you can follow to overcome anxiety and build healthier relationships.
Though you might want to skip networking altogether, the good news is that you can miss out on a few gatherings.
Not every networking event is the right one for you. Therefore, consider factors such as the purpose of the event, the guests and attendees, the time and the place of the meeting to decide whether it holds any promises for you.
Have a specific aim
No one can reach a destination if they don’t know where they are going.
Analyze and evaluate why you need to attend a networking event. Do you want to make new acquaintances? Is it in search of a good target audience? Are you looking for ways to promote your business or enhance your career? Or is it just because your boss has compelled you to attend it?
Set realistic goals for yourself so that you can prepare accordingly.
Do your homework
Taking into account the purpose of your visit, prepare for the event well beforehand.
Of course, you cannot predict the flow of the entire conversation but there are a few basic things that are usually common. For instance, practice how to introduce yourself, how to present your hopes and aspirations and how to share your business’ vision with others who might inquire the same.
You might it helpful to arrive at the venue before the event starts go into full swing.
Arriving early will help you familiarize yourself with the settings and adjust to the environment before it becomes packed with business tycoons, CEOs, MDs, and other workers.
Take additional help
A friend in need is a friend indeed
If you find yourself getting really uncomfortable in unfamiliar gatherings, then it might be beneficial to take a friend along.
The longer you stay seated or rooted to a certain spot, the more anxious you are likely to get.
Move around the room at a gentle pace. Not only will this help you mix well into the surroundings but also help you get out of conversations you might not want to participate in.
No doubt that this is easier said than done, but you can appear a lot more confident simply by maintain eye contact and maintaining a good posture. Don’t slouch and listen attentively at all times.
Success in the business world will not come for a lone wolf. So, overcome your fear and network successfully to reach new heights.