Have you ever been at an event and just felt a bit freaked out by walking in the door?
Let’s face it, even the best of us have off days and can get a little nervous networking in a room.
Maybe you’re new to networking or maybe you’re a seasoned vet but are in a new room of VIPs.
There have been times where I walked in the the room and thought I was going to be ill from the nerves just kicking in.
Me of all people. Me, who loves to network and connect with complete strangers. I’ve done business with random people in coffee shops before. Yet, I still get nervous in new groups I’m not familiar with.
We all get nervous at one time or another. It’s ok.
It’s just part of our brain that isn’t comfortable with new environments. It’s the fight or flight mechanism in our brain trying to take over.
Sometimes it happens just because we’re having a bad day.
It doesn’t matter what the reason is for it happening. The question is “how do you work through the gut instinct to run?”
The easiest way to overcome this is to look for one familiar face in the room. Just one!
Look around and find someone you know already. Even if it’s someone you don’t know well. It even could be someone you’re connected with online. They don’t have to be your best friend to help set your mind at ease.
I’ve been known to walk into a room and only know one person that I met once a year ago. I’ll still walk up to them first and re-introduce myself to them.
I instantly feel more comfortable and at ease. It helps me get in the groove.
Just having one face I’m familiar with helps me re-focus and remember why I went to the event in the first place. To meet cool people.
Don’t know anyone in the room at all? Try looking for the person who looks the friendliest.
There will always be someone in the room who already knows everyone and THEY are looking to connect with you because they don’t know you yet.
That person is likely the best person in the room to connect with anyway. They already know most of the people and will be happy to introduce you to others as well.
Just remember we all get nervous from time to time. Just take a big breath and focus on one person first. Once you connect with them, they can help you get more comfortable with everyone else.
You never know, they might be able to introduce you to your next client.
About The Author:
Ely Delaney is a dad, Best Selling author, speaker, marketing consultant and Founder/CEO of Your Marketing University. His goal is to teach marketing in a simple easy to understand format businesses can use to help gain marketing ideas & market their businesses to boost sales.
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