As a member of several networking groups, I’m always fascinated by the variety of personalities within groups. Individuals sharing and communicating becomes the essence of the group, giving each group its own unique personality.
These groups call to mind my years spent in classrooms. Looking back, I realize that the personality types I experienced in the school setting exist in the grown-up experience of networking such as:
- The Leader Type
- The Silent Type
- The Joker/Comedian Type
- The Controller Type
Some business actually does take place during networking, but in my opinion relating at a deeper level (where more than the cover page or elevator speech is revealed) is necessary for getting to know others – to communicate who you are – to get to the real business of successfully impacting one another’s lives.
The essence of effective communication involves:
My issue with most networking meetings is that I rarely get a real sense of the people attending.
I realize how difficult it can be to understand the fundamental essence, style, nature, character, and spirit of someone in a group setting such as a mixer. Many people try to just get away with simply ‘being themselves’ – with no further thought or intention. But by now you know that doesn’t work if you seriously want to grow your business, successfully market yourself and your work, or build your career to a new level.
If your essence or character is hidden by your fear of being seen and judged – don’t attend this kind of meeting. Selling yourself, your work, or your business requires permitting others to see your authentic personality type.
Are You Communicating Your Essence?
Take a closer look at yourself.
- How do you think people perceive you?
- Does your personality communicate a genuine interest in others?
- Do you present yourself in a way that translates into new connections, new relationships, new business?
People in every walk of life are under so much pressure today. We are constantly bombarded with a message of the importance of doing MORE:
- To succeed
- To be relevant
- To be growing
Unfortunately, this message often overlooks the most vital ingredient for successfully networking and reaching your professional and personal goals – the essence of YOU.
You must have a deep knowing and acceptance of who you are and what you have to offer, or you’ll lack the confidence needed to relate to others on a level that creates opportunities for greatness!
Do yourself a favor. Look in the mirror and tell yourself – out loud – about your essence. Describe your style. Acknowledge what is terrific about you. Remind yourself of all you’ve accomplished!
Did you sell it?
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