Tell Your Story
Tell people who you are, where you come from, what you do, and whatever else you want to share. Basically, tell people your story. When you tell your story, people will want to get to know you better.
How does this tie into networking? People are more likely to want to work with you if they know you, or at least feel like they know you. That sense of knowing someone goes a long way in opening doors to whatever opportunity a person may feel is perfect for you.
I guess what I’m saying is be open to connecting with people by being the first to share something about yourself. Think about it: you’re more likely to share your lunch with someone if he or she offers up their lunch first.
Share something as a starting point to reveal more about yourself as the tone of the encounter dictates. If you have chemistry with someone, chat away! If a person is guarded, he or she may need more time to get comfortable with you.
As you share, start telling your story. You don’t have to give them your genealogy or life’s purpose, but you can just tell people where you work and take it from there.
Intimacy cannot be accelerated. There is no way to microwave a friendship. Like bread, connections need time to develop into relationships.
And telling your story —sharing more and more intimate things about yourself over a gradual period of time — is essential to the process of transforming a connection into a relationship that may lead you to unexpected opportunity.
Tell your story and see who opens up to you. I’m sure someone will.