Thursday, February 23, 2012

Do You Shy Away From Networking?

Got the "networking blues"?  Tired of my blog posts about networking?  Don't answer that.  Sometimes it does take effort to get out and socialize for business.  Yes, even I have my "I want to be alone moments."

As a career coach and mentor, I really should set a "networking" example, right?  Sometimes I get lazy to go to yet another event, take a referral out to coffee, participate in a workshop, etc.  But hey, I'm not perfect.  If occasional laziness is not your particular problem, but shyness is, you might want to look at some networking pointers to get you going:

How To Overcome Networking Discomfort

  • Practice - the more often you network, the easier and more natural it will become 
  • Start small - go to an event where you may know people so it won't feel as intimidating
  • Go with a friend but don't be stuck like glue the entire time
  • Join an organization of interest - it will feel more organic engaging with people you have something in common with
  • Approach networking with a positive attitude - networking is an opportunity to learn about another person and how you can help them.  It's not a test of how likable you are.
  • Know your self worth - feel confident to discuss what you do (your elevator pitch) with ease

Oh, and don't forget to have fun!  People can be fascinating!

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
~ Walter Bagehot

"Good Night, And Good Luck"

Laura Rivchun


  1. Putting yourself "out there" takes courage. You're right, if you go to an event with the thought of having fun and enjoying the company of others it takes the pressure off..Practice practice practice!

  2. As a successful singer Kathy, you put yourself on the line all the time. How do you prepare yourself for possible rejection? Not everyone is going to like us every time we engage with them. Being a performer, one is up for a lot of criticism. Do you have any tips you can share?