Welcome to episode 58 of Ask Mark, where I answer your questions about personal development to help you become the best version of yourself.
From interviewing people from all walks of life on the What I Know Now podcast, I want to share with you what I have learned from my guests by answering any questions you have about personal development, networking and building meaningful relationships. The aim of Ask Mark is to help you achieve your goals sooner and stand on the shoulders of giants.
I would love to hear your questions so please head to wikn.co/askmark where you can either fill out the form or record your question for me. You can also drop me your questions in the comments box or on social media in the links below.
Now sit back, plug in those headphones and enjoy because it is time to learn together about personal development, networking, building meaningful relationships and much more.
Today’s question comes from a listener who thinks they are inferior to other people at events, but I am going to offer you three pieces of advice to help you overcome your fear of networking.
Your network is one of your most valuable career assets and it is a skill anyone can learn. If you can overcome your fears of feeling intimidated and being nervous around new people, your professional life will benefit from it.
The first thing you need to do is set one or two realistic goals and have a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Do your homework and search for who you would most like to meet that could benefit you in the long-run.
The second tip is to look approachable. Look open and engaged even though you might be shaking inside. Maintain eye contact, hold a bottle of water to keep your hands still and most importantly, remember to smile.
The final tip I offer to you is to ask questions. While you can’t script an entire conversation, you can prepare a few open questions to ask and then listen to them. The ability to be a careful listener is the common trait among all great networkers.
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