How to combat networking nerves

Going to your first networking meeting can seem daunting. But there are a few simple tricks to putting you at ease and clam the nerves for your first networking foray.

  1. Get happy

I’m naturally very shy so when I am going somewhere new, I spend a moment outside thinking about something that makes me break into a big grin. For me, it’s my cat Jasmine’s tummy and my little nephew Casper. Find your equivalent and you’ll enter the room with a soft face and smiling.

2. Be curious

When you are introduced to someone, ask them to tell you all about what they do. When you ask questions and are genuinely interested in hearing the answers, people respond really well. Thrive networking is all about building meaningful and trusted connections, so take the time to get to know others.

3. Don’t get stuck

It’s easy to be in a position where you’re trapped in a conversation which you need to exit. If it happens to me, I bring in another person – either by introducing them or by noticing a piece of clothing or distinctive characteristic and commenting on it to draw them into the conversation.

4. Forgive yourself

Feeling nerves in a situation like this is totally normal. It’s not unreasonable to worry about how people will perceive you, and it’s easy to believe it’ll be a room full of far more successful and together folk. But the truth is that everyone will have their own worries, and you couldn’t find a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere than Thrive.

Blog from Milee Brambleby from Commonsense Services helping you through that ‘first meeting’ panic.

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