Yes, I have been brought to realise that unless we actually do something, we don’t know about it. That means all of your assumptions, niggles and ideas aren’t really true unless you have really tried it.
Now I don’t mean just that one time when you weren’t really feeling well and it was such an awful time you never want to do it again. I mean really giving it a go.
At least twice!
I recently found this to be a real truth. I always thought I wouldn’t like ladies-only networking. I went to an Athena and unfortunately that group made me think I was right. However, I gave another shot to a different networking group and, after it’s unfortunate failure, am now continuing it as the hostess myself. What a role-reversal! Why did this happen? Because I didn’t just give up or listen to my assumptions. I gave it a shot, and the second place I tried was amazing. I also changed my thoughts about it, what I wanted to achieve and my ideas.
I found that, when I was in BNI (which many people find not to their liking) so many people didn’t want to even come along, give it a go because their colleagues or friends had told them it wouldn’t be for them (or the classic “it’s too early”). How do you know unless you’ve tried it?
How many times have you said no to something without either fully thinking it through or just given it one chance?
If you’re right, excellent but imagine if you are wrong? What if that networking mallarky is actually good for you?
If everyone has said to you that the big networking events are awful and you go along with it, to find out years later that you loved it, then you have missed all of those opportunities to connect.
If you don’t give it a go, then you will never know. Don’t let yours (or other people’s) previous thoughts hinder your business success. If you don’t like it after the second or third try then try something else, at least you know it!
What events have you missed out on because you thought it wasn’t for you? Isn’t it about time you booked yourself onto one of those to see if you do like it?
As always, happy networking!