Let’s face it, going to a new networking event can be downright frightening. Thoughts run through our mind like- What should I say when I meet someone? Will anyone talk to me? What if I don’t make a good first impression?
Don’t worry! We have all been in a similar situation. The following tips will help you feel more comfortable and confident when venturing out.
1. Know How to Break The Ice-
Struggling for what to say when you first meet someone? Learn to keep it simple and do it with a warm smile on your face!
A simple “Hello my name is _________. I don’t think we have met before.” Then followed up by “What is your business?” is always a great way to start.
2. Jump Right In When You Arrive-
Your nerves will be eased if you walk right into the room and start chatting with someone. Repeat this many times and before you know it you will have spoken to many new people in the room!! Remember, practice makes perfect and the more times you do this the more comfortable you will be connecting with new people.
3. Ask Questions and Be a Good Listener-
Networking is about helping others. Asking open ended questions will help you get to know others and will keep the conversation flowing.
4. Be Mindful of Your Body Language-
A smile on your face is very inviting to others. Also remember to make eye contact and keep your eyes focused on the person that you are speaking with. Your stance is also important. Your feet should be planted firmly on the ground. Constant swaying and movement is a distraction that could annoy the person who you are speaking with.
5. Enjoy Yourself and Have Fun!!
Whenever you are at a networking event focus on having a great time!! People are always attracted to those who are laughing, smiling and having fun. Just be yourself, you will naturally attract just the sort of people that you like being with!!
I LOVE people, I LOVE meeting new people and my passion is helping others. I have to say that getting out there and meeting new people has helped my business grow more than anything else.
I encourage you to get out there and meet new people. It may be out of your comfort zone at first but once you start meeting people, it will start to get easier and easier.