“Of course I know I need to be networking,” you mind says, unfortunately, you are one of the many people who are
There are a few tips to help control and/or overcome the nervousness. In no particular order: nervous about networking! And an event with 10, 20, 100 or 200 people can be nerve racking!
Luckily, in addition to the 10 Commandments of Networking a Mixer (with a link at the top of the page) which help add structure to an unstructured event, here are 4 tips for dealing with networking nervousness.
- Get there early – if you are heading to an especially large event, get there before the rest of the crowd, the room will fill up around you, perhaps without you even realizing it!
- Act like a host, not a guest! Click on the link for a video with more information.
- Evaluate the Crowd – we want to think Dr. Ivan Misner for this tip as well, and his diagrams of open and closed groups. If the group looks like this, STAY AWAY! If the group is like this, COME ON IN!
- Tag Team Networking – Pick a partner that compliments you (i.e., if you are shy, pick someone outgoing!) and plan on spending the entire evening with them, working the room. Each time you are introduced to someone and they ask you what you do, be silent. Let the other person, your partner, answer for you. In return, you will share what it is that your partner does for them. In addition, your partner will help you navigate the room and you will never have to be alone.
Using these 4 tips, you can help deal with your nervousness so you can have the opportunity for a more prosperous word of mouth marketing system.
What are other ways that you cope with your networking nervousness? Or what is a great or horrible story you have from networking?