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3 Tips For When You Cringe At The Thought Of Networking

You have a desire to meet new people and generate new prospects for your business, but when you think of even going to a network event you cringe. Many people immediately associate networking with having to do the process of selling which is why they do not like going to networking events.

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The great news is that you no longer have to cringe! You do not have to sell when going to a networking event. You may be thinking, “What do you mean I don’t need to sell? Isn’t that the whole purpose to generate new business and sell my products and services?”.

Of course, we want to sell our products and services. If we didn’t, we would not be in business.

However, a network event is not the place to sell. You want to actually “network” at the event. You are there to make connections. According to Merriam-Webster the word “network” means, “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business”.

I would like to call out the word “cultivation” in the above definition. The word “cultivation” means “to seek the society of: make friends with”.

This gets us to our tips and how I like to see networking. If you are one of those people who dislikes the thought of networking, then this is for you!

The whole key is changing your mindset in your approach to networking. Here are 3 tips to help you re-frame your thoughts on networking.

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Comment by Angela Chatham on August 6, 2016 at 12:11pm

Thanks, Allan!

Comment by Allan Dubon on August 5, 2016 at 9:34pm

These are fantastic tips, even for those of us who don't cringe at the thought

Comment by Angela Chatham on August 5, 2016 at 8:58pm

Thanks, Holly and Jen!

Comment by Holly Scherer on August 5, 2016 at 12:59pm

Great tips. You do such a nice job of taking something that is scary for people and turning it into a positive experience and something to look forward to.


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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on August 2, 2016 at 11:20am

GREAT tips Angela. I personally do NOT attend networking events, however do look for ways to meaningfully connect and serve when possible. 

Comment by Angela Chatham on July 30, 2016 at 12:32pm

Thanks, Ann! You are right; we have to start with our mindset in many areas. It is what determines whether we will be a success in a specific area of our life.

Comment by Ann Musico on July 29, 2016 at 8:34am

I love your tips and the mindset adjustments - it all begins there no matter what we do! Great post Angela.

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