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Get Over The Fear of Networking

Online Gambler Wednesday, August 1, 2007
It's amazing the power of word of mouth advertising and the affect that proper networking can have on your business. Most potential customers will take the word from a friend over that of a print advertisement. In fact most people have to see something in print more than 7 times before they even considering purchasing the product.

It's the fear factor that drives most small business people away from networking. I have given you a program to help you get over it.

How are you going to get over the fear of speaking in public? Easy; the answer is practice. Listed below are some tips to follow.

1. Be prepared - practice, practice, practice what you are going to say. Professional athletes practice the same drills and plays over and over again day in and day out; so that those actions become habit and can performed without thinking and can react to the situation. You have to do the same thing.

2. Be prepared and have all your marketing materials ready the night before and make sure you get plenty of sleep.

3. When you are in your car on the way to a function, you need to get yourself pumped up and motivated. No worries, because if you followed the suggestions above, your ready for it.

Now you might ask, well how do you deal with the fear of rejection? Well that's easy. Develop a rejection free 30sec or so advertisement for your business. Part of what lends to this fear is that you feel that you are trying to sell everyone in the room your product or service. This is the wrong attitude to have. Your goal when networking needs to be making contacts and how can you help them and how they can help you. Not selling them. Now if they need what you offer that's great and it becomes a selling opportunity; but it is not your goal. Follow steps here in order to develop your own spiel.

1. Simply give your name and the name of your company, if you like you can even give your title.

2. Now rather then saying what it is you do like I am a business consultant, or I am a landscaper. Create a 1-sentence statement of what you do, for example "I help small businesses to achieve their business goals and aspirations."

3. Tell them 1 or 2 important facts or typical hot buttons your clients will have.

4. Well the only thing left is to tell them who makes the perfect client for you and in a rejection free statement if they know anyone to please have them contact you. Remember you are there not to sell them, but to find those that can help you to find more leads and you are them to help them.

5. Try to keep it to no more than 30 seconds.

Now you have the tools to be able to network without rejection and without fear.

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