You’re hiding in the corner of a room, palms sweaty as you scan the group of people mingling ahead of you.
Your mouth feels dryer than cotton balls and in the pit of your stomach, you feel regret for even coming.
Phrases like “I hate networking! Why did I come? Can I go home now??” roar through your mind.
Can you relate?
I used to avoid networking events at all cost. Even though I live in New York City, where there is a networking event happening at any given time on any given day, there was a long period of time where I would not step foot in any networking event. They made me feel overwhelmed – like I had to prove something to everyone while still being likeable and memorable, all at the same time.
Something shifted, though, when I decided to exponentially grow my business. My mentor suggested that I join a weekly networking group called BNI. Their motto is “Giver’s Gain,” and when I started to view networking as an act of generosity, everything changed.
The truth is – I LOVE people! I love helping people! And networking, or relationship building as I like to call it, allows me to do both of those things. As Keith Ferrazzi, the writer of Never Eat Alone, says,
“The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.”
No matter what your end goal is, networking and relationship building is an integral part of achieving success. Have you ever thought about this? Today, I want you to reflect on this:
Leave your answer in the comments below – I read every response and sincerely look forward to connecting with you!
To your self-defined success,