Do you dread traditional Networking? Having 15 seconds to tell someone who you are and what you do?
Could there be a better way of growing your network?
Could you ever get to enjoy networking with other entrepreneurs and start-up founders?
I loathe the concept of 15 second Big I am type networking. It’s not me. It’s not most people’s idea of fun either.
Nobody likes being on the receiving end of Big I am networking, so it doesn’t even work!
Networking for Introverts
If you are an introvert like me, you want to listen to the stories others have, as long as the people telling them are not totally self-absorbed extroverts.
Hi, I’m Phil. Tell me about yourself and what you do.
There’s your opener.
You can listen and work out:
- Do you like the person enough to want to work with them?
- Is there any overlap between your business and theirs?
- Can you help him or her in any way?
- Could he or she help you?
You will have many two-way conversations that arise out of that simple opener.
Even those who love the sound of their own voices will usually ask you to tell them what you do. Once your conversation partner has asked you to talk about your business, he or she will be listening.
How do you define a successful networking conversation?
- You feel a bond
It doesn’t happen every time, but when it does, it’s as good as it gets. This is how friendships start. You might arrange to meet up later when you can have a more in-depth discussion about how you can help each other.
- You find someone to help you
People you network with often want to help you. It gives them a chance to build their reputation as the ‘go-to’ person in their field. They understand the ‘Pay it Forward’ Principle’ and that you will remember the help they give you.
- You get to help someone else
Helping other people is an essential part of networking that people forget. It is more than philanthropy because every second you spend helping others is repaid one hundred times over. No-one likes to be in debt and people generally repay your favour many times over.
- You get a contact who remembers what you do
At the very least, someone else knows who you are and next time your line of business crops up in a conversation they are having with a different contact, they will remember you and will pass on your name.
Where do you find this networking heaven?
How do you find people who want to help you?
Networking is the main reason BiZZrepublic exists. Join us, it’s free, and we have regular networking and training events in local venues as well as free webinars to help you to grow your business.
Join us now.