I have a motto in work or life : Be an adventurous networker aka no one is too big or too small, or too rich or too good looking or whatever annoying excuse that you’re telling yourself to not walk up and introduce yourself.
Because, really! what’s the worst that could happen?
You might get rejected or ignored? So what? just move on, smile and talk to someone else. A lot of times, these unfriendly people will come back to you when you’re having an animated chat with the new people that you just became friends with at an event.
When I got back from New York after 5 years of not living or socialising or keeping in touch with anyone in Delhi, it hit me hard. I took for granted that I would just stay on in New York and be comfortable with all the friends that I made in college. I thank my luck because, I wouldn’t be the networker I am today if I didn’t have to figure it all out on my own. I felt the repercussions when I was looking for my first job or just trying to hang out with friends to talk about the big changes in my life. I had nobody! Friends or work, I realised that I had to get out of my comfort zone and go out and socialise and add to my network.
Event after event, I went alone and introduced myself to everyone, and I mean, I did not discriminate – big or small, short or tall. I would collect 10-20 contacts easy in a day.
Life is too short to worry about WHAT IF..
WHAT IF… you walked over and spoke to that person and god forbid! you made a meaningful conversation and actually connected?
& omg! it would seriously suck once the you guys figure out that the both of you have the same movie choices and go to the same neighborhood club once a month.
I really hope you sensed the sarcasm in the last 5 lines.
Take a deep breathe, smile (it goes a long way) and go introduce yourself. Who knows! your next dream client, project, job or even relationship could be standing right before you.