I just led a networking workshop with this same title the other day and wow, the room was packed with eager folks. I had to turn some people away!
I’ll have to do it again soon. (Sign up here to be notified.)
Clearly there’s a big unmet need for help with networking, especially among introverts who often say they feel like they have to put on an extrovert mask to network. Not true!
In the workshop, I focused on helping introverts bring their authentic selves to networking so they can have more fun, ease, and success with it. I saw lots of aha moments as the participants learned what networking is and isn’t and how it can work for them.
The best way to capture some of the workshop lessons is to quote some of the participants. (Only used if they gave me permission.)
- “It is helpful understanding what networking is. I do like a lot of networking activities and will focus on those.” ~Kim
- “I don’t have to be someone I’m not. I can work with who I am.” ~Anonymous
- “Find networking opportunities among the things you already enjoy.” ~Anonymous
- “Oh right, do what I already enjoy! Duh. I’m going to host a lunch for ladies I like.” ~Lisa
- “I’m already networking. I just didn’t realize it!” ~Victoria
- “Networking does not = pain and suffering!” ~Mary
- “Don’t be pushy. It doesn’t work — what a relief!” ~Anonymous
- “One secret to networking is starting in your comfort zone.” ~Christopher
- “Networking is just making new friends.” ~Anonymous
- “Having lunch with friends is networking!” ~Lori
- “I need to articulate why I love what I do in my opening.” ~Carol
Oh, it was so fun reading what everyone learned. Thank you. And thanks for attending and being so engaged in it. You made it fun.
These other posts I’ve written also capture some of the key points:
- Be Heart-Centered in Business…Out Loud
- Being Introverted Is a Good Thing!
- If You Hate Promoting Your Services, Stop
- Good Marketers Give First
- Take the First Step in Faith
I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. Thanks!