Instructing you to “Have Fun” as our final networking tip isn’t just something we’re tacking onto the end to make it to #12. Attending networking events and socials can and should be an enjoyable part of your business growth activities. If the thought of attending one still makes you roll your eyes and sigh heavily, then something isn’t right. Perhaps you should re-read the other 11 networking tips.
Following the tips we suggest in #1 – #11 should automatically give you a feeling of excitement towards attending because you see networking events, not as a necessary evil, but as full of potential!
1. The pressure is off – Once the pressure is off of you to have to “sell, sell, sell” you will find your shoulders more relaxed as you arrive with a different goal: meeting new people and simply listening to what they have to say.
2. Instead of thinking of yourself as an attendee, think of yourself as a host. What does a host do at a party? Mingle, talk to new people, introduce connections that have a good fit.
3. One of the best things we can do for our own personal growth is to put the needs of others ahead of our own. By becoming others-centered in the way you approach your business (including networking) you will find great satisfaction.
The Rest of The Networking Tips
If you haven’t been following our 12 networking tips to transforming your networking activities, here are the other 11.