Networking does not come natural to me.
I realize it’s an essential part of my freelance career, and DH says I should be doing more of it. But this whole notion of putting myself out there, business card in hand, is so not me. I’m just not down with that kind of hustle.
Though when my
client kindred spirit Helen told me she was hosting a party, I knew I had to go.
If networking events are all about mingling and making an impression in conversation — Helen’s party was about making your move on the dance floor.
Everyone got to see who was who. Not based on what they do. But on what they showed in their dance.
It was a lively bunch so clearly excited to be in the moment. True colors were revealed as energy was set free on the dance floor. In other words, this group was getting groovy to the beat! So much better than forcing out an inauthentic version of ourselves, in hopes of making a connection.
It was a hustle that I could definitely handle.
When are you most comfortable putting yourself out there?