It is assumed introverts are shy. I am not shy just reserved. I am an observer of people, their habits, facial expressions, tone of voice and conversations. I also like to gauge the energy of the room. Once I have a feel for who and what I am surrounded by I can estimate how long I’ll stick around. Something’s aren’t worth your energy and effort.
As an entrepreneur I know my goal should be to meet the greatest number of people in the shortest amount of time. However, I strive to make meaningful connections that will last beyond a day. I want to like the clients and peers that I work with. The energy has to be right.
Energy can determine whether you have a good or bad interaction. Energy is the subtle layer that surrounds the physical body. It is sometimes called the aura. Energy points within the aura are known as chakras. Our aura and chakras are impacted by our thoughts, experiences and actions. The energetic bodies determine our vibration (vibe). I have been aware of auras, chakras and subtle energy for at least five years. I allow my senses to guide me in my interactions with others.
Most people unknowingly rely on their internal reader while others are completely oblivious to it. The attuned networker knows what is happening and why. When I walk in the room I can sense an upbeat and open crowd but I can also sense a staleness and low energy room as well. We attract what we are. We vibrate with others on our same wavelength. I want to do business with positive, supportive and creative individuals. I thrive when I feel supported and surrounded by good people. I return to people and places that are positive and upbeat. Your energy is a natural extension of who you are so how you use it or who you use it on is important. At networking events within five minutes I can tell if the person I’m speaking with is authentic and transparent. I can tell if they are creative and open-minded. These people are a reflection of me and therefore make the networking experience worthwhile. Therefore I do not waste a lot of energy in places with people who leave a low energy impression.
Here are four tips for the attuned networker
Trust your intuition and allow it to help you navigate a room. If you feel an urging to go left, go left. You are probably being guided to your next client, supporter, mentor or business partner. There are times when I get to a place and do not know why I’m there. Yet I leave the event with words of wisdom that I could apply to my business. Or I leave with a new idea or way to rebrand myself.
Quality is better than quantity. Clients who have a one on one connection with you tend to be repeat customers and tend to refer others to you. Despite all the technology and search engines available consumers want quality products and services. They are more likely to spend when someone can personally vouch for you.
Support the people you make a connection with even if they do not support you. Energy moves in cycles so what you put out you will receive. The right people will appear at the right time for you. The right people will freely seed and invest in you. We have to be willing to give and support others without conditions in the meantime.
Attend a variety of events. My business is yoga and meditation. However, I am also a CPA, a spiritual blogger and a reiki master. This means my left brain and right brain work cohesively. I am creative and logical. I want to meet others who live in the best of both worlds too. I attend venues and events that interest me. You never know where you might find your next client, business partner or business idea.
Tune in May 21st through May 27for my 7 DayNetworking for the Attuned Challenge. Join me as I move further out of my comfort zone to meet new people, find new connections and business opportunities. More details to come.