The second in my series of BE Vitamins for connection in your business is BE Social.
Many shy or reserved entrepreneurs (and I’m a shy extrovert so I should know!) find networking challenging either online or offline. I have found strategies to deal with this and one tip I would like to give is to BE social.
Now don’t let this scare you. I am not talking about working the whole room and becoming the life and soul of the party. Being social can mean something as simple as connecting with one person at a deeper level. Make networking about making friends and connections firstly and about gaining clients later. This applies online and offline (and should, in my opinion be the approach of ALL networking). Connect with those that you feel comfortable with and leave the rest until you have built up some relationships.
This approach genuinely works much better for the shy or reserved entrepreneur. Try it.
Are you shy or reserved? Do you find networking overwhelming? Do you have any tips for making networking more comfortable? Or do you avoid it completely?