You want to go to networking events, get to know other business owners, and have an opportunity to share what you do. Perhaps you feel shy, unsure what to say or what questions to ask to get a conversation started.
Find a friend and role play. Take turns introducing yourselves to each other and asking questions. Critique each other's elevator pitch, hone and refine. Once you feel comfortable, you're set to attend your first networking event.
Take your friend with you for support. But make sure you each go separate ways and introduce yourself to new people. Then on your drive home you can discuss what worked, what didn't, and what you'll do next time.
To learn more about how networking and role playing, join us on the call Networking Creates Word of Mouth Referrals on May 18, 2010. Learn more and register at Event Brite.