3 Tips to Grow Your Network as an Intro-preneur
Have you ever heard the saying, “your network is your net worth”? I’m sure you have, as that’s been ingrained in most entrepreneurs mind in every book we’ve read. The problem is actually going out there and doing it. For introverts like myself, this task may seem daunting. We have to find people to network with, and then we have to make conversation. The great news is it’s really not hard, and the conversations usually flow once you get started. Below are three tips to grow your connections quickly.
First of all, make use of technology. In the PAST, networking was only done only in person. With the advent of the internet and the multitude of social platforms, we can be in our pajamas and still make high-level connections. Some places you might meet an influencer in your space include: Linked in, Facebook groups (look for your specific niche whether it be restaurants, home cleaners, Shopify,) and Shapr. If possible, have an introduction made on your behalf. If that is not possible, then try to bring value and add to the post they have created or the group they are in. Let them get familiar with you and add them as a friend. The different platforms all offer their unique advantages, as well as disadvantages. Depending on your specific expertise, you may find one works better than the other. Or you may see that another social platform like Twitter might be better.
Another tip is to attend educational events revolving around the niche of the folks you want to connect with. If you work in the real estate industry, then attend seminars that teach realtors how to grow their business. If you’re in personal finance, attend events that teach business their income. Depending on what type of networking you want to do, there’s always an event for your specific market. A great place to find them locally is on Meetup.com. The great thing is most of the people at these events are very warm and friendly. They are there to network and meet other people as well. Many of them will go out of their way to come and learn more about you.
Lastly, I’d suggest looking into a local Toastmaster group. Toastmaster is a place that helps individuals of all ages become better speakers. It’s a safe space for people with different levels of skill to speak and learn. At the same time, it’s a great place to meet Corporate Exec’s, business owners, and other professionals. The great thing about Toastmaster is everyone is there to learn, and people are not there to judge. They are very professional and welcoming.
Networking is still about putting forth the effort to make meaningful connections. The great thing is even if you’re introverted, it’s a lot easier now then compared to before. Utilize industry-specific training, social platforms, and groups like meetup. If you consistently do so, you’ll increase your network in no time.
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