Friday, September 11, 2009

Are you nervous about networking?

You have probably met people who seem perfectly at ease in any situation and talk effortlessly with people they have never met before. For most of us it is not that easy. I speak to many people who have had a bad networking experience which in some cases puts them off networking completely. This has often been at an event with no formal facilitation. I remember speaking to the organiser of events like this. He said "Yes we do networking. We put people in a room and let them get on with it".

Even seasoned networkers can get nervous about walking into a room full of strangers. A friend of mine shared recently that he had booked and paid for a Chamber of Commerce Open Networking Event. He traveled to the event at the appointed time and even got to the door. He then decided he couldn't face it, turned round and went home!

If you are nervous about networking then try a group that is facilitated to build your confidence and build those important business relationships in a safe environment.

Good Networking!
Dave Clarke
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