My Best Kept Secrets to Networking

 

As you guys know, I moved this summer to Nashville, TN with no more than a few thousand dollars and ONE contact. That’s right… One. And she was a girl I met on Instagram. We hung out once.

But over the past 3 months I have been doing what I do best to build my businesses and make friends: Networking!

I’m sure you know what that is, it’s the heyhihello, howdyado, nicetomeetcha that happens when you interact with new humans. It’s the introduction, your first impression, AKA the KEY to makin’ frands. I’ve always been extroverted and despite my anxiety I’ve been “good” at this for a long time. But since I moved, I’ve gotten even better! Want to know some of my tricks? Let’s do this, friends!

1. Smile and make eye contact

Psychologists say eye contact is one of the biggest factors to make people feel understood, so although these things are typically not “noticed” by new acquaintances, they will make a huge difference in how people feel about you after you’re gone.

2. Talk to EVERYone

I met one of my best friends in Nashville at the eye doctor (ayyyy Hannah!)—but forreal though! She was super sweet, I complimented her makeup, and just like that she was at my house drinking wine as we bonded over our struggles with anxiety. You never know who your next BFF, business partner, or mentor is going to be so shake hands with as many people as possible.

3. Fake it til ya make it

What I mean by this: If you’re not confident, PRETEND. I know so many of you will say to me, “But Kristi I’m so insecure,” “I get nervous talking to new people,” or “I have social anxiety.” Me too, girl—but I knew from a very young age that if I want to be successful, I don’t have a choice but to get over it. So what did I do? I straight up pretended I was confident until I WAS. Trust me—it really works!

So now that you have these tips, who’s going to go out and meet some people?! I promise it’s not as hard as it sounds. Good luck out there girls, and don’t forget to SMILE!