It was 5:00 a.m. and my alarm clock went off. It was snowing outside and I was supposed to be at my first ever Chamber of Commerce networking event at 7:00 a.m.
That morning I would have preferred a root canal.
The thought of getting out of my warm bed, going out into the cold to “network” with a bunch of strangers terrified me.
What if the person who invited me didn’t show up?
What if I was too dressed up? Or not dressed nice enough?
What if I was the first one there?
What if my name wasn’t on the list?
What if I didn’t know anyone?
The negatives that came up, the sweaty palms, the excuses I could have used that day – just not to go – were never ending.
I went in spite of my fear, and Jo-Ann (who invited me) was there. In fact, although I was the third person to arrive, she was already there waiting for me.
She was a gracious host. She stayed close and introduced me to others, ensuring I had a good time. If it wasn’t for her – I may never have gone back.
I still felt uncomfortable and, to be honest – even today I am not always jazzed about networking. There is always some apprehension, some vulnerability that creeps in when I am going to an event.
Have you ever felt this way?
I bet you have. I bet I am not the only one who feels this way.
The good news is, I have a system. One that I created out of feeling so awkward when it came to networking that has worked for me over and over again.
And, it incorporates online Social Networking with Face-to-Face networking. I created this system so that you can become a Networking Super Star too!
You have a communication plan, contacts you can reach out to, connections you have made in advance, and best of all you are CONFIDENT about how you show up.
For me, it all started with eWomenNetwork in Dallas, Texas.
I put my strategy to work before I went to the conference for the second year, and it worked magnificently!
My phone was buzzing with email, text messages and voice mails the minute I got off the plane. I got to connect and interact with most of the speakers at the event.
It was simply AWESOME!
It was easy to do, and best of all, it is easy for you to replicate! On April 5th I hosted a one-hour Live Webinar and I recorded it so that you could learn the secrets too! In this workshop I teach the power of using Social Networking online to make your Face to Face networking experience simply amazing.
If you are an introverted extrovert like me (love being with a group of people I know, hate walking into a room full of strangers) this is for you.
It is going to absolutely CHANGE how you view Networking and make it easy, fun and effective for you and your business. Click Here to check it out!
Founder and CEO of the Lisa Larter Group, master strategist, author, speaker, podcast host, social media expert, consultant, and business coach. Lisa inspires entrepreneurs and business owners to see the possibilities for their organizations when it comes to strategy. She uncomplicates modern marketing and creates (and implements) strategies for businesses that are guaranteed to increase visibility, inbound leads, and revenue.