Tips to Network by Chris Williams
I read this short article today on LinkedIn that offered some great advice about how to Network.
I am so glad I took the 5 mins to read it.
Chris Williams, The Chairman of the Small Business San Diego Group wrote the following:
I really feel this is insightful and helpful advice. I recently attended my first business network event. One that is directed for moms in business. It really fell flat for me. I couldn't help asking myself, "What did I do wrong? No-one is interested in speaking to me. Do I look too young? Am I overdressed?" I felt like a high schooler that was not in with the cool kids. The single connection I made was with a women, that did not work and was there as a guest and for the food. All the other ladies I spoke to were polite, however not one of them seemed interested in talking to me or with me in any way. I didn't even get past the "Hello, my name is ....." part. It was "Hello, welcome. Nice to meet you. Have fun today. Goodbye."
I handed out one business card. To the hungry mom, who then judged my card saying she didn't like it since it isn't obvious to her what I do, even after telling her for 10 minutes.
I felt discouraged. Yet, after reading this article by Chris Williams, I feel renewed to work at it again. And like most small business owners know, networking is so incredibly important. So I am not giving up and neither should you.