I considered myself an introvert until 2020 hit, and I was isolated away from people. It then hit me that I am a social person, and I prefer to be around people I am comfortable with. This has made networking more difficult for me because I observe, and then I might chime in on a conversation if it feels like I will be received well in the group. This can make for awkward situations. Well, at least that’s what I think. I am sure most people don’t even notice and don’t over-analyze things as I do. In a previous blog, I talked about how important networking is, and now I want to let you know some places I have found to network that have made it easier for me.
Get Involved with an Organization
Join a MeetUp Group
Go to a Conference
Business Networking Events
Throw Your Own Party
When we first started our business, we wanted to get our name out into the local community and with local businesses. So we decided to throw our own party. This was a grassroots operation. We went door to door to hundreds of companies in the local area. We invited the business owners to come and have some complimentary cocktails and network with other small businesses. This ended up being a great event and forced me into the role of hostess. I greeted everyone at the door, helped them with a name tag, and handed out a goodie box (like a goodie bag but way better). This forced me to meet every person and allowed them the opportunity to speak with me. This was probably one of my favorite events because I connected with many people. Our business hosted the party, making it easy to have conversations with everyone there. I highly recommend this option.
The farther you get in business, the more I realize how powerful your network can be. I encourage you to network with everyone. You never know what meeting one person could do for you and your business. If you have questions on how to host your own party reach out to us!