Sometimes going to a networking event can feel like the equivalent of peeing your pants as a kid in front of the whole class. Awkward. Embarrassing. Becoming hyper aware of everything you’re doing. If you’re feeling like you’re the only one who feels like this in situations where we have to put ourselves out there, don’t worry – you’re not alone!
But here’s the thing, if you work for a company and have clients to deal with, or you’re in sales, or you’re working for yourself and have to drum up your own business, you’re going to have to go to awkward networking events and put yourself in awkward situations to win over clients.
We get it, sometimes you can worry about what people may think, or you want to make a good first impression, or maybe you don’t have the best confidence in situations like that, but here’s the thing… Warning, cheesiness incoming… You just need to believe in yourself a lil’.
It’s very easy to get stuck inside your own head, make up a ton of reasons to not be confident, to not believe in yourself, and to be your own worst critic.
And although Instagram may lead you to believe otherwise – no one is perfect. We all have our own set of quirks and insecurities and annoying personality traits (like being at a networking event and realizing those underarms are starting to feel SWAMPY).
You have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself.
You can prove to yourself that you can be charming even if you are sweating like you just came out of a hot yoga class. But the only way to get to that point is to keep working on yourself, and start becoming the person you want to become. You don’t have to always be right, you just have to not be too worried about being wrong!
With all the events and meetups that can happen in the industry, We’re sure you’ll find yourself in one of these awkward situations. And when you do, just be you! The sparkling, beautiful you who has a light coating of pixie dust (and maybe a drink) – and who will make the future you proud. The you who knows that some people will resonate with you, and some people won’t. And everyone else will think it’s cool that you don’t actually care what they think!
You can prove to yourself that you can be charming even if you are sweating like you just came out of a hot yoga class. The only way to get to that point is to keep working on yourself and start becoming the person you want to become. You don’t have to always be right, you just have to not be too worried about being wrong!