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6 Tips for Anxiety Free Networking

6 Tips for Anxiety Free Networking

If you’re serious about growing your business, at some point you are going to have to do some networking. In spite of all the fuss about online marketing, face to face is still one of the best ways to reach new clients, but if you’re not the most outgoing person in the world, networking can be daunting. Does the idea of walking into a room full of strangers fill you with fear? You’re not alone. The good news is that you can get comfortable with networking, if you’re willing to take yourself out of your comfort zone and practice. Here are six tips to help you network with more confidence. 1.Be prepared. A little bit of social anxiety can actually get the blood flowing and help you focus. The problem is more when you have so much anxiety that you can’t face talking to anyone. A bit of practice beforehand can help you go into your networking situation with more confidence. Memorise your USP, think of a list of topics you can use to start conversations and you’ll feel more prepared and less put on the spot when you’re talking to people. 2.Set goals. Having a plan can take some of the anxiety out of a networking event and remind you why you’re there. Create a goal – it’s OK to start small. Maybe you can aim to make one new connection at your first networking event, and once you’ve done that you can leave. As you get better and more confident, you can increase your goal. 3.Position yourself strategically. Hovering nervously by the door is probably not going...
5 Freelancer Fears (And How To Face Them Bravely)

5 Freelancer Fears (And How To Face Them Bravely)

Freelancing is exciting, but like most exciting things, it can be scary too. When you start out as a freelance writer, you’re probably exchanging a life of stable paycheques, regular work and paid holidays for one of uncertainty, at least in the beginning. Whether you’re freelancing as a side gig or a full time career, there are a few fears you’re going to have to face at one stage or another. 1. Fear of getting started It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re just starting out as a freelancer, particularly if you don’t have much experience in your industry. Will anyone want to hire you? Will your work be good enough? We all have these fears in the beginning but overthinking can be crippling for a new freelancer. While you want to research your target market and put systems and plans in place for the day to day of running your business, at some point you’re going to have to just jump in. Try a few smaller projects at first, and once you’ve got a few successful jobs under your belt, you’ll have the experience, and the confidence, to pitch for bigger and bigger projects. 2. Fear of rejection Marketing your skills and pitching for work are part and parcel of successful freelancing, but it can be uncomfortable to put yourself out there at first. Rejection hurts, especially at the beginning, but the success of your freelance business depends on your ability to pick yourself up and keep trying. Remember, even the best and most experienced freelancers get rejected sometimes. Often, it’s not about your abilities or the quality...