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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