Do you love or loathe networking? Perhaps it is something in between. There are some easy and helpful tips to improve your confidence in networking.
Networking can feel terrible if you are self-conscious, more on the introverted side or worry about how you show up to others. You can gain more self-confidence by growing your self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Read 3 tips to increase your emotional intelligence.
Attending professional events of any kind can be a powerful way of connecting with like-minded people, a way of building your brand and a way of potentially fueling your client pipeline.
If you tend to be more on the introverted side, attending events can seem daunting and emotionally draining. Having a plan for approaching the event is helpful.
Being intentional about your involvement in a networking event and knowing what you want from the event is key. Set a small, realistic and attainable goal. Perhaps you decide you want to hand out 3 of your business cards or arrange to meet the keynote speaker.
If you're looking to grow your networking muscle, consider these books for more ideas: Networking for People Who Hate Networking, Networking, 42 Keys to Career Growth, Networking Like a Pro.
There are many small, but powerful possibilities to be intentional about how you participate and engage in your next networking event.