AFTER HOURS NetworkingAFTER HOURS Networking
5 WAYS TO OVERCOME THE
FEAR AND DREAD
OF NETWORKING
John Muscarello
Start Net...
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1. Fear #1: I’m Going To Look Silly W...
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Fear #1: I’m Going To Look Silly When...
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Action Steps To Overcome This
1. Make...
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Fear #2: Starting a Conversation With...
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1. Introduce yourself.
• Say: "Hi I'm...
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Fear #3: Asking People In My Network ...
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1. Ask in the right way.
• "You're ve...
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Fear #4: Reaching Out To Strangers
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1. Leverage social media: find common...
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Fear #5: You dread talking about your...
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1. Offer your perspective. Senior peo...
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What we covered tonight!
1. Fear #1: ...
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How Can We Help You The Most?
What Qu...
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  • I added common formatting/branding for all slides, clearly labeling the fear, and the solution steps.
  • I want to focus on action steps. #1 could be a comment you make or something I could ask about ,and we could remove as “action.” I like having the practice exercises as an action step, as these are great ideas anyone can do if they are uncomfortable.
  • Is it OK to use images like this, or are these trademarked/copyrighted in any way?
  • Reduced text and put below, but let’s discuss tonight. I like your specific examples, we could waterfall the slides and do one at a time, or put them on different slides. We can also role play on the call, so people can sense how un-scary it really is. Everyone is there to network. It's not weird to say things like this This will get you used to talking to people you don't know
  • Maybe #2 I can ask you about instead of having as an action step. #1 People love being asked for help if you ask in the right way, as long as it's not for a job. Also a role play opportunity.
  • Same image question.
  • I think you have a great point that, you can reach out w.o. having it be a request. Maybe the practice exercise is to reach out 10 times and simply attempt to engage others on social media as you illustrate here. I love the idea of giving people low-risk, practice exercises. I met Lea on Twitter and we exchanged some tweets and now were doing a webinar together
  • Let’s see if we can get this down to one question: Fear that no one will want to talk to me because I don’t have anything to offer? Hm, not sure how to make it one.
  • 2 and 3 are kind of the same. Is there a “practice” exercise you can suggest for this one? Is part of this, that you have to see yourself differently? You have to see yourself as young professional w. something to offer rather than newbie college grad? I have exercises for that, listing out positive things, etc… Would love your perspective on that.
  • 2 and 3 are kind of the same. Is there a “practice” exercise you can suggest for this one? Is part of this, that you have to see yourself differently? You have to see yourself as young professional w. something to offer rather than newbie college grad? I have exercises for that, listing out positive things, etc… Would love your perspective on that.
  • I’ll add photos, I have to get them from Cheryl’s pc. What other connection info do you want to add? Is there a freebie you want to point them to?
  • 5 Ways To Overcome The Fear And Dread Of Networking

    1. 1. AFTER HOURS NetworkingAFTER HOURS Networking 5 WAYS TO OVERCOME THE FEAR AND DREAD OF NETWORKING John Muscarello Start Networking Today Lea McLeod Degrees of Transition
    2. 2. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking 1. Fear #1: I’m Going To Look Silly When I Attend My First Couple of Networking Events. 2. Fear #2: Starting a Conversation With People I Perceive As More Experienced/Savvy 3. Fear #3: Asking People In My Network For Help! 4. Fear #4: Reaching Out To Strangers. 5. Fear #5: Talking about myself and wondering what, if anything, I have to offer. What we’ll cover tonight!
    3. 3. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking Fear #1: I’m Going To Look Silly When I Attend My First Couple of Networking Events.
    4. 4. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking Action Steps To Overcome This 1. Make a commitment to act. • Attending networking events will separate you from half the people in your industry. 1. Do the research that will differentiate you. • Come with 2-3 good questions to ask people. 1. Practice. • Go to MeetUp.com and find one event/group you would be interested in attending and sign-up.
    5. 5. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking Fear #2: Starting a Conversation With People I Perceive As More Experienced/Savvy
    6. 6. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking 1. Introduce yourself. • Say: "Hi I'm John" or "Hi I'm John. What brings you here?” • Conversation over “elevator pitch.” 1. Keep it simple. 2. When you run out of something to say, ask them a question based on the last thing they said. • Why do you… • How did you... • Can you tell me a little more about... 1. Practice. • Ask a total stranger for the time, or for directions, even if you know where you going. Action Steps To Overcome This
    7. 7. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking Fear #3: Asking People In My Network For Help!
    8. 8. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking 1. Ask in the right way. • "You're very knowledgeable on xxx topic I was wondering if you could take a look at my resume to see if it's up to par with the rest of the industry.” • When you ask for help you are paying that person a compliment. 1. Always pay it forward. • Don't worry about having to pay the person back. Successful networkers never keep score. 1. Practice: Ask someone you are connected with on LinkedIn for some really simple advice career advice whether you are looking for a job or not. • "I was looking at your LinkedIn profile and you have accomplished a lot of impressive things. Would you be willing to talk for 10-15 minutes on the phone about how you achieved all that success." Action Steps To Overcome This
    9. 9. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking Fear #4: Reaching Out To Strangers
    10. 10. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking 1. Leverage social media: find common interests. 2. Check LinkedIn and see if you know anyone in common. Ask for an introduction. 3. Comment on a tweet or Facebook post someone sent: • "Great article. My favorite part was xxx. What was yours?" • If they don't respond no big deal. Go after someone else. Action Steps To Overcome This
    11. 11. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking Fear #5: You dread talking about yourself and wonder what, if anything, you have to offer.
    12. 12. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking 1. Offer your perspective. Senior people love to hear new technology younger people are using. 2. Look at this as a way to learn. There is no exam. Take the pressure off. Bring your authentic self. 3. When you find yourself knocking yourself, ask “Would I ever talk to a friend like this?" Action Steps To Overcome This
    13. 13. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking What we covered tonight! 1. Fear #1: I’m Going To Look Silly When I Attend My First Couple of Networking Events. 2. Fear #2: Starting a Conversation With People I Perceive As More Experienced/Savvy 3. Fear #3: Asking People In My Network For Help! 4. Fear #4: Reaching Out To Strangers. 5. Fear #5: Talking about myself and wondering what, if anything, I have to offer.
    14. 14. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking How Can We Help You The Most? What Questions Do You Have For Me?
    15. 15. Overcome Your Fear and Dread of NetworkingOvercome Your Fear and Dread of Networking You Can Do This! John Muscarello StartNetworkingToday.com @JMMuscarello Lea McLeod DegreesOfTransition.com @LeaMcLeod Get tons of free resources on networking, job search and more!

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