Consultants love cliches…
“Think outside the box. Get out of your comfort zone.”
What do those things mean anyways? I catch myself almost giving advice, all the time! Before I speak, I ask myself, “Do I really do what I’m about to advise someone else to do?” Especially when people ask me about networking. It’s definitely NOT my favorite thing to do, when you define it the old fashion way… going to a mixer, bringing your credit cards, giving your elevator pitch.
When people ask me “What’s the best Social Network to be posting on for their business. Or if they should blog. Or make a podcast.” My answer stays consistent… only if you actually want to do it, will you actually do it! Sheer will-power may get a few posts up, but in a short period of time your natural tenancies will take over, and you’ll drop it. And that feels bad… To start something, invest your time and money, not get momentum and let it fade away.
What feels good is when you can watch something grow: see the numbers of subscribers increase, track your clicks, watch your fans, followers, friends increase. All this leads to the goal of getting people to know about you and your business. Creating sales. Being hired.
And even more than the digital , so notice your comfort in situations that used to feel uncomfortable. Introducing yourself. Showing up somewhere alone. Reaching out to someone new… those are great life skills… great business skills.
So when I think about Networking, the kind of networking I actually LIKE, I think of going to dinner, meeting friends and their friends, making calls and actually TALKING to people! Enjoy yourself…