You’ve been networking since you were in preschool
Do not let walking into an event where you don’t know anyone prevent you from entering a room. There is new revenue awaiting you on the other side of the door. Essentially, you have been networking your whole life, so don’t let F.E.A.R. (False Events Appearing Real) hold you back.
If you Google networking, it’ll show the definition as the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.
It is that simple. Think back to when you were a child on the playground, you didn’t give it a second thought to ask another child to play. Before you knew it, you had a few new friends running around playing tag or climbing the monkey bars.
Walking into an event, approaching someone new, and saying hi with a friendly smile is as easy as that. We all network for various things needed in our life. They are no different, other that what you’re looking for or wanting to achieve.
You might be looking to change careers or looking for a new referral source. Whatever it is you are searching for you must network within the people you know, and with people you haven’t met yet to build a bridge for success.
To accomplish your quest, it all starts with a conversation, and listening with intent to gain new prospective. Remember you are one introduction away from your next referral partner, dream job, or next business partner.