Networking as a Lawyer
You probably know that getting business requires being able to talk to people and connect in business networking situations. But, most business people, and especially lawyers, are highly anxious in those situations.
- Do you worry about walking into large groups where you don’t know anyone?
- Do you make excuses so that you don’t have to go to new events?
- Do you avoid new environments?
- Do you gravitate to the people you know and avoid initiating contact with new people?
- Do you have to remember to take an antacid just to tolerate unstructured situations?
If any of these apply to you, you are not alone! Most people don’t really enjoy reaching out to new people, even though they know it would be best for their business development. We all avoid uncomfortable situations, and unfortunately, the situations we need to be in to grow our practice are the same ones that feel uncomfortable to most people.
You can get better, far more comfortable, and perhaps even learn to enjoy networking. A basis of a solid knowledge of networking dynamics and a honed-in mindset with effective thinking strategies, combined with a set of practical skills will provide you a basis to practice networking even in the type of situation that is the least comfortable for you.
I believe that my background as a terribly shy person up until age 33 provides me a real understanding of how challenging networking can be and the ways in which those challenges can be overcome.
If you wish you were a more effective networker or struggle with being anxious about networking, please email me today. Let’s set up time to talk and see if I might be able to help.