A wise business mentor once told me, “Your business expands in direct proportion to your network.” I’ve learned over the years that she was right. Your network determines your net worth, and is essential to any woman entrepreneur’s business plan. That might be easier said than done if you’re an introvert, or if you’d rather have a root canal than walk into a room of people you don’t know. Watch my latest episode of LynnTV to learn 3 tips to help you network the right way!
3 Tips To Help You Network The Right Way, Even If You’re An Introvert:
- Pretend You’re the Hostess: While you might not feel comfortable introducing yourself to people you don’t know, women tend to naturally enjoy playing “hostess” and introducing guests to each other. This activity is introvert-friendly, taking the focus off of you while making other attendees feel more comfortable. Use the name tags as your “cheat sheet” and connect people who are a good biz match, like a realtor and a home stager.
- Don’t Be Boring: Stand out in the crowd by avoiding the same old, “What do you do?” Instead, ask something that shows you’re really interested in learning more about your new networking friend. How about, “What are you working on?!” (she said with energy and interest). You’ll build a much deeper connection.
- Be a Winner, Not a Whiner: The two biggest mistakes women make when we network is 1) Complaining about how busy we are and 2) Not asking for what we need in our business. You’ll attract more clients when you share a clear message of who you are, what you do and what you need in the next 30-60 days.
Lynn Bardowski is an award-winning entrepreneur, radio host and bestselling author of Success Secrets of a Million Dollar Party Girl. She speaks to global audiences about entrepreneurship, vision and branding and is a resource for press, media and bloggers. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.