It’s time to get our networking on business bosses! I’ve made it a goal of mine to attend at least one networking event a month for the rest of the year. Networking is difficult for me; I am shy, so events become overwhelming.
If networking is as hard for you as it is for me, then this post should be helpful. I’m sharing my personal tips that I used to get through networking events. Yep, I wrote this with us introverts (or ambiverts) in mind.
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Ready to slay the networking game? I hope these tips help you leave your next event with a fistful of business cards and a notebook page of connections. Let’s start this post!
Introvert Networking Tip #1: Attend your event with a goal in mind
I know I talk about goals all the time, but when it comes to working a room, this is a secret weapon that is very helpful. Going into a networking event with a purpose helps you stay focused. My goals are almost always to:
- Connect with people who could use my services
- Meet entrepreneurs who I could collab with in the future
- Make sure everyone gets my business card and hears my pitch
Whenever I feel overwhelmed with all the talking and wondering what am I doing in this room with a bunch of people, thinking about my goals keeps me centered.
Introvert Networking Tip #2: Practice your business pitch
If you don’t know what your business does, how are you going to convince anyone to work with you?
I’ll let you in on a secret; I spend a lot of time looking in the mirror saying, Hi, I’m the Coco Creativ, and I help small business owners and bloggers stand out online. I can help you elevate your blog, create marketing strategies or through one-on-one coaching. Honestly, that’s just the start of what I do!
That’s my pitch, that’s who I am and what I can do for you in a sweet bite.
The one thing that will prevent me from working with someone is if they can’t explain their hustle adequately and with confidence. Ask yourself, what do you do, what do you offer, how do you help, who do you help? Use those answers to create your pitch.
Introvert Networking Tip #3: Be a networking butterfly
Butterflies flit from flower to flower, gracing each with their presence. At your next networking event, it’s time for you to become a butterfly. Spread your wings and move around the room.
This is probably the tip that I struggle with the most because I like to stay in my comfort zone.
Interacting with more people does a few things:
- People remember you more: butterfly networking doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be authentic. If you’re genuine in your interactions, people will remember you as the boss that worked the room with a smile and an interest in other people.
- You reach more people: Collect those business cards, take notes about the people you’re meeting. As you widen your reach, you increase your opportunity of getting your business to more people in the room.
- It brings you out of your shell: the more I network, the more comfortable I get in the room. I’m at my best when I’m in my groove; it takes time to get there.
Introvert Networking Tip #4: Don’t ask obvious questions
At a recent speed networking event, the organizers encouraged us not to ask what do you do for a living, and I loved that idea.
Asking something bold, different and a little offbeat is a great way to stand out from the crowd. Here are a few of my fav opening questions.
- What’s something exciting that’s recently happened in your business?
- What are a few of your goals for this year?
- What are you expecting to get out of this event?
- Why should I work with you this year?
- What’s the one piece of advice you would give someone based on what you’ve learned so far?
Introvert Networking Tip #5: It’s okay to admit you’re scared
At the end of the day, networking is an adventure. You’re meeting with different types of people, you’re in a vulnerable space and it’s okay to say it – you’re scared!
If you’ve followed me on my lifestyle account on Twitter, you’ve seen me tweet many times I’m at an event and I’m so nervous!
When it comes to networking for introverts, I think admitting we’re feeling out of our element helps us move forward with confidence. Naming the emotions I’m going through helps meremember who I am and why I’m in that room. Go ahead, say you’re scared. Then slay!
Are you ready for your next networking event?
I’ve made it a goal to attend a networking event once a month for the rest of the year. These meetups are a great way to get my business in front of new eyes and connect with other entrepreneurs and bloggers.
What do I look for in a networking event?
Is the event the right fit for me – I like to look for events that aren’t focused on a specific niche. That way, I can connect with a range of businesses and people. Alternatively, there are times when I’m looking for a specific blogger meetup or events for consultants/coaching. You can take a risk and attend an event where the demographic is on the opposite end of the spectrum from your field, but it doesn’t always pay off.
Is it affordable – there are a lot of free networking events in London, but I look for a few paid ones as well. If an event has a fee, I make sure it’s within my budget. I only splurge on an event if I feel like it’s going to be crucial for me to attend.
Is this a recurring networking event – Repeat events mean I have the option to choose from multiple dates. This comes in handy if there are two events on the same day; I can choose the one time event and attend the recurring event at a later date.
Let’s network introverts!
I have a few events to prep for so I’ll end this post here and wish you luck for your next networking night. Which tip do you think will help you break out of your shell and wow the room?
Let me know in the comments below!