I subscribe to #BYDN (Build Your Own Dream Network) just because it has an interesting slant on networking and is broader in its scope than other newsletters. Some of the emails I receive are so-so, but some have great ideas. This last one titled, When Told To Get Out And Network, What Do You Do? The author, Hoey, went to successful networkers and ask them that question. The answers are perfect for writers who are trying show who they are and what they write.
While there were several great responses, these two were perfect for me. It makes networking an easy A when I’m learning and discovering, and if I’m uncomfortable in my surroundings, I can barely talk, let alone schmooze.
- Approach everything as if you were a student, and adopt a learners mentality. Be curious about your surroundings, who you’re in the room with and what interests you about the topic being discussed. You’ll naturally think of things to ask others in the room, which is a great way to begin a conversation with anyone. AND, seek first to understand others before attempting to tell someone all about yourself and what you need. When networking is approached from a learner’s perspective, there is nothing to be nervous about, as your curiosity and genuine interest will naturally draw others to you. – Adrienne Garland, Founder of She Leads Media
- Do it in environments in which you are comfortable. If you aren’t a golfer, don’t head out for 18 holes. If you love to cook, host a dinner party for friends with plus ones you don’t know yet. – Jill Van Beke, Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Launch Tennessee @jvanbeke
Do you enjoy networking? Have any special or favorite ways to handle it?
I’ve featured L.X.. Cain this month with her book Bloodwalker. There are a few more days to ask for an eBook or AudioBook. Just add your YES, Please chose me! to the comments below or shoot me an email via the Email Connect that went out before Thanksgiving.
I wish I were still in France, but I have my memories of a beautiful experience. After we left the Canal Du Midi, we drove south to a farmhouse.