Why do most of us love to meet new people… but hate going to networking events? I spent some time pondering on that. My thoughts resulted in a new personal network-strategy. One that is a bit of an experiment… so please let me know what you think:).
I’m not a shy person and I love to have a good discussion about any given topic, but I still feel aversion when I’m entering the networking-arena. Probably the main reason why I don’t like networking is because I feel ranked all the time (often the first questions people ask are; what is your name, and what do you do, right?). I created a set of 3 new business cards that help me fight ‘ranking’ and ‘being ranked’ in networking-situations.
- The cards are a bit mysterious to keep the conversation open:). Yes, I’m a graphic designer and I’m proud to be one, but I also like to discuss politics, have a big interest in education, and do a bit of journalism on the side. Instead of talking about favorite fonts for the 10.000th time, I would love to discuss other interesting topics.
- At the same time I want to listen. Not to people who are full of themselves and only have boring success stories, but I would love to come alongside people and hear about their passions, struggles. Connect or inspire them. The cards have quotes that hopefully communicate that I’m a ‘safe’ person to open up to. But also show my own vulnerability in that area. And… the set can inspire others to be truly good networkers too: great people to talk to and ask advice from, for me:).
I like your approach.
As a graphic designer these cards prove on one side your specific expertise and on the other side it (could) lead to better conversations that aren’t so stiff.
Do you had the chance to use them actively? What are your experiences?
Thanks for your feedback Batrepreneur:).
Yeah, I used the cards last week and interestingly enough it sparked a lot of honest meta-conversations about networking. And thanks to that, I learned some new things too:).
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