3 Ways to Overcome Your Nerves and Be Comfortable While Networking

January 19, 2017

10:30 am

For some entrepreneurs, networking can be an anxiety-inducing obligation. Fortunately, the right mindset and a little bit of preparation can do wonders in helping you overcome this arduous necessity that plagues many entrepreneurs.

We asked three entrepreneurs what they do to overcome their nerves and become more comfortable networking. Check out the answers below and get ready to knock your next networking event out of the park:

Be Empathetic

Remember that almost everyone else you meet is probably just as nervous and anxious as you are. Especially if they’re young entrepreneurs, they’re probably so wrapped up in their own efforts not to mess something up that they won’t notice any little mistakes you make.

– Steven Buchwald of Buchwald & Associates

Talk to Someone Who Isn’t Talking to Anyone

If you’re nervous or anxious about talking to someone, don’t heighten that challenge by walking up to a big group of people or two people who are already talking. Ease your nerves by starting small; talk to someone who isn’t talking to anyone. They’ll be appreciative of the gesture, and you can calm down by getting that first challenging introduction out of the way.

– Amy Zitelman of Soom

Have a Plan

Planning helps reduce anxiety, even when networking. Find a list of people who will be at an event before you attend, then go through that list and find three people you would like to speak with. This way, you’ll spend your time focused on meeting the right people instead of wandering around anxiously waiting for someone to talk to you.

– Steph Jill Cartin of Socialfly

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This article is courtesy of BusinessCollective, featuring thought leadership content by ambitious young entrepreneurs, executives & small business owners.

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