If you add up the number of people you meet every day, you will probably be surprised. The networking opportunities are abundant in our daily activities. Networking can be a critical path for success for growth and the creation of a business. When you expand your network, you create a sphere of influence that can help spread the word about your company and services or products you sell. Building a network is not difficult but you have to work hard and be creative.
Many people can develop a solid list of contacts but not the next step in cultivating contacts. To get the most value from your contact list, identify people who have the greatest potential to help build your sphere of influence. The goal is to select people on your list of networks that could be long-term connections. Think in terms that can be sources of reference, and not necessarily those who need their services directly.
We all know that the success of any business is based on building relationships and providing excellent products and services. This is called networking and sometimes it just happens organically, and sometimes we go to networking events for a few hours of intentional networks. It is not a big deal for a sociable person, but it can be a real trial for the introvert of the shy person. A shy person or an introvert have the tendency to look at networking as a great opportunity for dishonest at best and mind games and manipulation at worst. But beneath the surface of these reasons are uncertainty, mistrust and fear of people and a fear of rejection. The good news is that it is really possible for this group of shy people to master the skills of networking when they realize you must engage and interact with others to achieve professional and personal goals.
If you are a little lost when it comes to small talk or conversation at networking events, to borrow a lesson from professional speakers. Preparing their speeches, their public research and practice in advance for each presentation is interesting, convincing, and helps them fulfill their mission and grow their businesses.
Do not start with walking into a room full of strangers and start looking at them, shaking the proverbial boots. Instead, look for familiar faces, as colleagues, relatives or friends. Stick with them for a while as they present themselves. Find a familiar face to get started with and you will that networking is no longer an obstacle. The key is to start gradually and your confidence and skill will start to build in networking.