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An important part of building a business and a career is networking, but many people hate networking. How can you turn your disdain for networking into a love of networking?
Vanessa Merit Nornberg of Inc.com offers three ways to make your networking efforts more successful and more comfortable. She explains:
1. Listening is the best way to start a conversation.
Most people think about networking from the perspective of what they are going to say. Instead, think about networking in terms of what someone else might have to say to you.
2. Honesty begets honesty.
We can all spin our stories to sell the audience on how great our businesses are, and doing so is sometimes a great survival skill. However, I find that ditching the PR pitch and honestly talking about my challenges has saved my business more than once.
3. Everyone has something interesting to impart.
In my experience, the people who are the most different from me are also the most likely to teach me something valuable. Stepping outside of your circle is one of the most effective ways to begin thinking outside your box–and networking is the perfect chance to get access to a bevvy of different types of thinkers, all in one location.
How do you overcome networking discomfort? Share your tips in the comments below.