networking hacks for social anxiety

Is anyone feeling nervous about meeting in person after a long hiatus?

Many people think that I love meeting in person, given the nature of my work, but even I have to convince myself to attend events. If you are feeling nervous or unmotivated, follow these proven hacks…

Write down “why” you want to attend.

If you can’t answer, then maybe this isn’t for you. Think about how you will feel after you attend and what you hope to get out of it.

Look for facilitated networking.

If you are more on the shy side, then look for events where they facilitate at least some of networking to help get you started. Have a plan before you get to the event. Try to get a buddy to attend with you to support each other.

Practice your “round table” introduction with friends and family.

Ever sat at a round table and had to introduce yourself? It can be a somewhat intimidating feeling, especially if you are transitioning in your career or business life. Practice at home with a friend or family member to determine how you respond. Keep it short, sweet and NATURAL. You can adjust depending on whom you are speaking with and whether you are introducing yourself one-on-one or in a group setting.

Empowering Women in Business Event

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Join us at the March meetup at Xero for an evening of networking with peers, plus actionable insights from the local business community and inspiring leaders.

The focus of this event is Empowering Women in Business.


-5:30 – 6:45 pm – Registration & networking (drinks and canapés)

-6:45 – 6:55 pm – Welcome address from Bill, Sara & Leigh

-6:55 – 7:00 pm – Lauren Waters, Talent Experience Manager

-7:00 – 7:10 pm – 3 x Rapid Partner Talks

-7:10 – 7:25 pm – Rita Sookrit, Canada Learning, Hemsley Fraser

-7:25 – 7:40 pm –
Larysa Grant, Breaking Barriers Program Coordinator and Meg Mathur, Employer Service Consultant at Times Change Women’s Employment Service – Helping Women Take the Next Step in Their Careers

7:40 – 7:55 – Leigh Mitchell, Founder of Women in Biz Network & Bee Happy HR, and Sara Bibb, Head of HR at Bee Happy HR Co. – Interactive Group Activity – Empowering Women in Business.

7:55 – 8:00 – Thanks and wrap-up with Bill Banham, Editor at HR Gazette, Leigh Mitchell, Founder of Women in Biz Network & Bee Happy HR, and Sara Bibb, Head of HR at Bee Happy HR Co.
8:00 – 8:30 – Final networking

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