Kevin Willett says you can always get by with a little help from your friends at a networking event.
A client told me that she struggles with networking events, because she has a hard time walking up to people she doesn’t know and introducing herself. So I suggested she use what I call “The Buddy Plan” and go with a friend. This can be a great way to feel comfortable at an event. When you do this, it can be tempting to just stand together all night in the corner. That’s not networking! You have to mix and mingle with others. So if you’re shy, try not to go with someone who’s as shy as you.
I personally like to go to events with my friends and spend the whole night introducing them around. My friends are always extremely appreciative. I always smile because I also receive a lot of benefits from helping. First, my friends are thankful, and second, I get a chance to meet more people who think I’m a nice guy for helping my friends. Typically, when I’m at an event, people will ask me if I can introduce them too, so I’m often helping two or three people at each event.
If you don’t have a buddy, call or email the host and ask if he or she knows anyone who can help. Most groups can pair you with one of their regulars to introduce you around. If you come to one of my events, just come over and stand next to me and I’ll take care of you for the event.
Watch my YouTube Channel for more on this Business Networking Tip
Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon
Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events.
Love this post ! Tami M. Dristiliaris, Esquire Law Offices of Tami M. Dristiliaris, LLC 101 Broadway Road, Suite #22 Dracut, Massachusetts 01826Tel: 978-458-1400Fax: 978-458-5444E-mail: email@example.com “Serving our clients with care and compassion” Please be advised that this e-mail is not secure and we request that that you do not send any confidential information. The information contained in this transmittal and attachments, if any, is intended for the use of the named party only. The information contained herein is confidential. It may be subject to attorney-client privilege, or be otherwise confidential. If you suspect that you received this electronic transmission in error, please notify the sender at once, by calling 978-458-1400. If it is not clear that you are the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this transmittal in error; any review, dissemination, distribution or copying of this transmittal is strictly prohibited. If you suspect that you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify the sender by calling the number listed above and delete this message and all its attachments. The content of this message DOES NOT constitute legal advice. Unless this firm has a written fee agreement with you, you are not and should not consider yourself a client of this firm. To whatever extent the contents of the above communication indicate to you a decisive course of conduct or action, your actions based on the above is at your own risk. Please consult and be represented by a qualified attorney when acting in any legally significant manner.