Have you ever thought about what it means to be a people person?
I've definitely had a number of moments to where I've wondered if I'm an introvert or extrovert. I've come to the realization that I'm a bit of both! Let me explain.
The introvert in me walks into a room (alone) and stands off to the side to analyze the room. See who's who and if I can find one of my girlies in the crowd. Softly smiling with innocent eyes to every person who looks my way...and then BOOM! I see FRIEND A.
This is when the extroverted side of me makes way. The outgoing and overly expressive Unicorn comes out
and it's time to shine; working the room, speaking to any and every person I come into contact with.
I had to learn this about myself, that I'm an introverted extrovert. I'm a person who is cautious with my approach but powerful when it comes to actually sealing a deal. Whether it's for making new friends, new business partners or even finding bae.
Back to you tho...
We all deserve a chance to know how to be social. We may not always express that it's something we want to learn, but it's a need when it comes to functioning in society. So let's start with the basics:
What does SOCIAL mean?
I'd say this definition hits us right in the head. Everyone NEEDs companionship. We can't function in the world alone because that would make us weirdos....real..life..weirdos. Being alone does nothing for our outward thinking. It lets us live in this bubble we've created and it causes our xenophobia to be at an all time high.
This is just my opinion, but I don't think we'd be able to talk if we were supposed to be alone all the time.
What does NETWORKING mean?
It takes actual effort to build a community of like minded thinkers. It's not something you can do by sitting behind a computer all day. (Don't judge me, I'm blogging right now.) Networking allows us to really get to know what goes on with others. We can learn new things about ourselves from meeting people and adapting to what we like and don't like about them.
This opens your life up to endless possibilities! Bridges can be BUILT okay?
Social Networking is something that we can all benefit from, so here are 5 tips that can help you be a networking guru!
WE ARE NOT CAVEMEN! Be open to new experiences and elevate your mind! You may think you have all of the tools to build your house, but did you find out how to lay the foundation? There may be someone who can help you figure that out, so it may be best to leave the Upside Down for a bit.
Attitude is everything. Don't think that because you don't have a tangible giveaway, you don't have anything to offer. Sometimes your radiant energy can be all it takes to grab the attention of your next shareholder (in love or in business)! Be the Unicorn in the Room.
This tip speaks for itself. You won't know how to truly make your favorite cuisine from another culture, until you go and experience that culture. So get to it! Challenge yourself to say hello to the next person you see on the street. Ask them how their day is going and see how the conversation goes.
There's something enticing about being mysterious. It keeps people coming back for more. If you're having your first interaction with someone, you don't want to give them your entire backstory. You want to sell them on your best assets. Take a day to write down all of your best qualities and then practice talking to yourself in the mirror. It works WONDERS!
This is where I add my shameless plug. Get yourself involved in events that are happening. Of course because of COVID-19, everything is virtual.
But you're in luck! RSVP for my biweekly virtual networking event called "The Social" with collaborations from Pretty Riot of Illanoize and Shaneika Speaks. It happens every other Wednesday and we're now sponsored by Luster's Pink! So join us if you'd like some giveaways to take care of the gorgeous hair.