Yes, it’s Networking for Beginners time again! Another few months have passed so I wanted to share another quick update.
I have to say that networking has become one of my preferred ways of finding potential new clients – by chatting to other business people it’s easy to figure out if they need your services and if you’d work well together. So far I’ve found new work both from people I’ve met at networking events, and through referrals from people I’ve met there.
So, even if someone doesn’t appear to need your services, don’t think it’s a waste of time talking to them and move on. In the best case scenario, they might know someone who does need you, and worst case scenario, you’ve just had an interesting and/or enjoyable chat with another person – which doesn’t sound like a bad thing at all!
Like I said in my last update, with each event I go to, I get more confident. I have surprised family and friends, who thought I’d be too shy to approach strangers and start conversations (and I must say that I thought I’d be too shy as well). But it gets easier all the time.
Mainly I think that’s because I’ve only been to events with an informal format, where people mill around and chat as though it were a social event rather than a business event. If I were to go to an event with a more structured format, such as each person takes a turn to spend two minutes talking about their business, I might be more nervous.
So I guess my next challenge should be to try one of these more formal events. It would be a shame if I missed out on ways to grow my business through fear. And you never know, I might even enjoy it!
I’d love to hear your metworking stories; have you been nervously trying it out too, or are you a networking ninja? Do you find it a good way to find clients?
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