Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, interviews Felicia Slattery who is an author, communication expert and award-winning professional speaker. https://feliciaslattery.com/
Overcoming Aversion to Attending Networking Events
According to research, among people’s greatest fears are:
• Death By Fire;
• Public Speaking; &
• Vacationing With In-Laws
Not far behind is finding oneself in a room of total strangers. Even if you don’t fear that situation, you might NOT be totally comfortable with it. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
One surefire method to overcome the anxiety of being at events is to Have The Right Frame of Mind. While this may sound obvious, there are plenty of people who trip themselves up at networking events before they actually show up.
Remember that networking works, although not always exactly as you had hoped. Before you embark on the networking event, you need to truly believe that the process works and that your mere presence has set that process in motion.
While your mere presence is important, you will totally undermine your efforts if you bring with you anything but a positive disposition. Now, not every day, month or year, for that matter, can be a good one, but there is something good about each. Reflect on the positive aspects of your personal and professional life. Do what you can to be of uplifting spirits. Remember, while support groups can be a networking opportunity, most networking events are not designed to be support groups. Leave your worries at the door, to the extent possible.
Finally, embark on any networking event with a sincere expectation of the outcome. It may not be all that you hoped for, since there is no guarantee that you will get a new client out of it. But know this – something will come from you being there. You might meet someone that can refer you or put you one step closer to a new client. You might reconnect with a former client or center of influence or gain a piece of information that holds untold value. There is a plethora of potential benefit that can come from any networking event. You will never get it all, but you will always likely get something.
Networking Rx: Molly King – Dancing Into Entrepreneurship (EPS 091)
The 2nd part of Frank Agin’s interview with Molly King, a former corporate woman turned author, dancer, and coach as well as host of The Live Your Dance podcast, which celebrates those individuals who have found their metaphorical “dance” in their work. Learn more at http://www.mollyking.com/
As a business person, you need things today (clients, information, and contacts). Guess what? You are going to need those things tomorrow, and the next day, and next year. Thus, creating and nurturing productive relationships is an ongoing endeavor. Your job is never done.
Know this: Some days your networking efforts are going to seem worthwhile. It is easy to keep after it. Other days your networking efforts are going to seem like a complete waste. You will want to swear it off. Don’t.
You need to have faith. Opportunity comes from the most unlikely places and it is all the result of productive relationships. Never quit trying to build Know, Like, and Trust.
To summarize, remember that to be successful at anything, knowledge is important. What is vital, however, is being proficient at networking. Networking is about building solid relationship where people know you, like you, and trust you. Those things are achieved through certain actions and interactions with those in your network. These actions involve consistent generosity, reliability, and commitment to others, just to mention a few.
Networking Rx: Molly King – Molly King – Dancing Towards Being A Corporate Refugee (EPS 090)
Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, interviews Molly King, a former corporate woman turned author, dancer, and coach as well as host of The Live Your Dance podcast, which celebrates those individuals who have found their metaphorical “dance” in their work. Learn more at http://www.mollyking.com/
Description:Networking Rx: Adam R. Connors – Social Architect (EPS 088)
Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Network Rx, interviews Adam Connors, founder and CEO of NetworkWise and host of the Conversations with Connors podcast (http://www.networkwise.com/).
Networking Rx: Nicole Jansen -Discover The Edge (EPS 087)
Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Network Rx, interviews Nicole Jansen … a Business Breakthrough Coach, Master Facilitator and Human Behavior Specialist. Nicole Jansen has helped thousands of people transform their lives and achieve extraordinary results in business and in sales. Her 30+ years of experience as a business owner, sales professional, and advanced level coach and trainer, has uniquely equipped her to empower greatness in others. She is the founder of Discover The Edge, host of the Leaders Of Transformation Podcast and co-author of the book, Power Up, Super Women. On the podcast she pledged to share various personal development resources and those can be found at http://www.discovertheedge.com/networkingrx/