Here’s the next in our series on good Business Networking Tips.
This tip is not so obvious and that’s why almost everyone misses it.
And yet, it is so simple to do . . .
They say that public speaking is one of the top Fears that people face.
And talking to strangers seems to be right up there with that one.
After all, talking to a stranger is just public speaking on a smaller scale.
But . . .
. . . remember that . . .
talking to strangers is key to networking success!
So what do most people do when they go to a networking event, or even to a BBQ at a friends place?
We all sit with the people we know!
There . . . I said it !
It is easier, and feels safer and more comfortable, to talk with people we already know, and especially people we are already friends with.
But let’s face it – you can ring up your friends at any time and talk to them, or invite them for a coffee.
You are at this networking meeting to Meet New People !
So you really have to actually approach new people and talk to them.
Thing to remember is that in many cases, they are just as scared of this as you are, maybe more.
However, they are also keen to meet you . . . so just walk up to them and say hello.
It may help to have a script for this, including your elevator pitch.
Don’t sit with your friends
And when you go to the seated part of the Networking Meeting, sit next to someone new that you have not yet met.
The sitting together will help break the ice, and give you an opportunity to introduce yourself.
At this point, I usually say “Well, that really is quite simple!”.
But I know that for some people, this is absolutely the hardest, the most difficult, part of networking.
It’s up there with public speaking and death as a Top Fear.
The best cure is to just jump in and give it a go.
And when you find that you didn’t die the first time, the second time will become just a bit easier.
What should you do now?
- Consciously position yourself with people that you do not know.
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I want to keep meeting new people, enlarging my circle of friends. I have great friends now… really good people. But I’m always ready for what comes next.
~ Paula Danziger
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