Networking rarely comes naturally for most people. While everyone can benefit from learning this critical skill, it’s often not taught in school or any formal setting so we are often left to fend for ourselves.
Find Your ‘Anchor’ Person
One of the scariest parts of networking is when you show up to the event alone. In these situations, find your “anchor” - someone you can tag team with or check in with from time to time. Your anchor can provide a sense of security and introduce you to their contacts, helping build momentum.
Don’t Try To Meet Everyone
Rather than exchanging contacts with as many people as possible, focus on making a strong impression and meaningfully connecting with a strategic list of three to five people. Research them in advance to understand their backgrounds and interests, fostering genuine, lasting connections.
Don’t Hyperfocus On Just One Person
While it's natural to feel drawn to certain individuals, it's important not to hyperfocus on just one person. Remove the pressure by first talking to other attendees to ease your nerves and practice small talk. Be open to meeting other interesting individuals who may offer unexpected opportunities.
Be open to meeting other interesting individuals, even if they weren't on your initial list. You never know when the right opportunity may present itself. Happy networking!