Whether you’re trying to find a new job, spread your brand, or you just want to be able to make some more friends, networking is the magic that makes it happen. Networking involves interaction with other people, some of them you don’t know. Not everyone is an extrovert, so to some, this task is daunting. Plus, it's a new experience for others, and many tend to avoid things we don’t understand. Luckily, there are ways to improve your networking skills.
Practice with the People You Know
One of the best ways to network is to go to a place where similar people have gathered. If you're trying to promote your gaming business, you may not get any bites on the street. However, if you went to conventions, places of interest, and other places where people who are like-minded gathered, you may be able to get a few bites here and there.
And, chances are, they may want to be able to promote their business as well, which leads us to our next point.
One of the best ways you can be able to gain an audience is to collab with others. By collab, we are talking about promoting each other's business or working on a project together that is mutually beneficial. Few people are going to grow unless they collaborate, and the mutual beneficial factor appeals to many people. You try to sell someone just on your business and they may not be interested. But if you try to point out they may be able to grow as well, now you're speaking their language.
The Internet is Your Friend
The internet is a lifesaver when it comes to helping people who have social anxiety grow. It used to be that someone who coudn't talk to people would end up failing, but now they have a better footing. It's much easier to talk to people and promote online than it is in real life. It's just how it is. Go to forums, promotion pages, and other places where you can possibly network, and then promote.
Remember to Make Real Friendships
When you're trying to network and grow, you definitely should have those goals in the forefront. However, you should also strive for being able to make some real friendships as well. By forming some bonds, not only can this improve your social state, but you can be able to have people who really have your best interests in mind.
Seek Help if It's Too Hard
We understand why people have social anxiety, and it can hinder your business. Luckily, there are counselors and therapists who can help make the process easier. A therapist uses techniques to ease you into the process, and before you know it, your fear of the business world is greatly reduced. If you don't want to talk to a therapist in person, there are plenty of therapists online as well. These therapists can be reached through all forms of communication, and who knows? Maybe you can network with them too. Happy growing. We love to see you improve.