Networking is intimidating.
Especially if you are not comfortable around strangers and you’d rather stay at home with your own pets and read a book, watch a movie, clean the closets – anything to avoid going to a networking event.
The good thing is though, YOU’RE NOT ALONE!
Seriously. I’ll bet that the majority of people in the room have some level of “I know I just got here but can I leave yet?” You can use this can be your ice breaker:
“Hi, I’m Laura, and I’m really uncomfortable at networking events”. If you say this to anyone in the room you are going to have 1 of 2 reactions
- OMG ME TOO! (fellow introvert)
- I understand and there is nothing to be worried about. Let me introduce you around. (extrovert)