Getting Over Yourself

May 29, 2012

What’s so hard about networking?

New situations make most people uncomfortable: a party, meeting new in-laws, networking, etc. It’s more fun if you’re comfortable, and getting over yourself makes it happen. It’s about giving yourself permission.

As a designated greeter, most people automatically accept that as permission to walk up to people they don’t know, welcome them and orient them. And they’ll do it with or without a badge.

So, when you’re networking, think about questions you can ask that will give the other person something to talk about. Once you’ve got the conversation going, you’re probably okay. It’s the initial contact that tends to be hard for people.

Give yourself permission in any situation you’ll get the same result. You’ll be perceived as gracious, credible and friendly and you’ll also feel focused and at ease

April 6, 2012

Is it bad to be an introvert?

If you’re worried that being an introvert may interfere with your success in business, you may find this helpful. It’s an excerpt from an article in Inc. by Geil Browning. You’ll find the full article at http://www.inc.com/geil-browning/power-of-the-quiet-entrepreneur.html

“It’s often harder to realize how to be a quiet leader, so here’s a few tips for you (and your employees), especially if any of the descriptors above sound like you:

  • Be aware that other people are not mind-readers
  • Remember to speak up
  • Maximize your influence in writing
  • If you need time to reflect, ask for it
  • Schedule your socializing for the mornings when you are fresh, and leave solitary tasks for the afternoon
  • Try business breakfasts instead of business lunches
  • Even though it will tire you out, dial up your expressiveness for phone calls, meetings, or teleconferencing”

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