You’ve decided you’re ready. No time like the present. It’s time to put yourself out there and start rubbing elbows with all the other movers and shakers. But wait. What do I do when I get there?!
Ok, before anything else – sign up. Absolutely don’t let anything keep you from this networking event. Your signing up will likely keep you accountable to making sure you do everything else you need to do. No excuses. None.
After you sign up, take some time to develop your [Elevator Pitch.] People need to know what you do and you need to have enough practice with your pitch to deliver it with confidence and subtle enthusiasm. Keep in mind, everyone goes to a networking event to network. As much as we would all love for it to be all about us… it’s not. Be genuine when asking about the business of others. A good majority of us really do enjoy lending a helping hand when we can. This networking event could be your opportunity to do just that. Of course, keep plenty of business cards within reach and hand them out!
My mother always used to ride my case when I was younger telling me to quit being such a wallflower. As is normally the case, mom was right. As I’ve aged, I’ve certainly come into my voice – and thank goodness! You have a voice too, so find it and use it. Don’t stand back and wait for others to come to you. One thing we love as humans are other humans that exude confidence. We’re drawn to it like a gnat to wine.
Of course that couldn’t hurt now that I mention it. But keep it to one glass