When I’m up “on stage” giving a presentation or seminar, I play the part of the extrovert to perfection. I move around. I tell jokes. I interact confidently with the audience…
That’s why people are so surprised when they meet me in situations where I’m NOT the speaker. I’m the quietest, most low-key guy in the room. (Okay, shy!)
Yet, I can still be reasonably effective and comfortable in networking situations.
In fact, I’ve met several valuable contacts at meetings, events, seminars, conferences, and other gatherings… contacts that would have been difficult to establish otherwise.
I’m definitely no “schmoozer.” Networking does not come naturally to me. So, how do I do it effectively? I follow these seven simple networking tips.
- Set a realistic goal.
Don’t stress yourself out by thinking you need to connect with everyone in the room. Be realistic. Commit to introducing yourself to, say, three new people. Once you’ve done that, relax.