Hola amigos! So last week I went to my first ever blogger’s conference, which actually ended up being a conference for young entrepreneurial women of all fields (not just bloggers).
I’m glad I went, and there was one quote that really stuck with me from it (“Your passion is going to keep coming back to you over and over until you connect with it, because that’s who you are” — how great is that?)
But honestly, I don’t much care for “networking.” I prefer to make actual friends, and earn my position based on the quality of my work rather than the number of business cards I’ve accumulated.
So what’s the secret to making networking less awkward? I haven’t a clue. I just know that it helps to squash those middle school-esque feelings of insecurity and, when you start to question the worth of your blog/dream/choice of shoes, just remember one of Olivia Joules’ rules for living: “No one is thinking about you. They’re all thinking about themselves, just like you.”
It can be awkward walking up to a group of people and introducing yourself (especially if they’re all a lot taller than you — #ShortGirlProblems), but 99.99999% of the time they end up being nice and normal people. If you just think of it as a normal social event, not “networking,” it removes a lot of the awkwardness. It’s no longer a succeed-or-fail situation, but a night out where you get to meet some interesting people.
Best of luck!