This confidence tips post was sponsored by Gillette Venus as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
This post has been something I’ve considered writing for over a year now and I’m glad that it’s finally happening now. I’ve mentioned a few times on my Instastories now how I get nervous before going to networking events and was surprised at how this resonated with so many of you all too! I recently started using a Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Razor that has given me more confidence and new inspiration to write this post!
I’m very much an introvert but one of my personal goals for the last few years has been to network and socialize more, even if it means constantly being outside of my comfort zone. Growing up, I was always shy. My mom has even told me stories of how she would take me to the mall just so I would be comfortable around crowds. As I’ve gotten older I’ve increasingly realized the importance of networking. Whether it’s meeting contacts to advance your career or even just socializing to make new friends, there are so many benefits to being able to put yourself out there and talk with people!
I will be the first to admit that I get anxiety when it comes to attending events on my own when I’m not certain if I’ll know even a single person. I usually have blog events once a week and am also active in a few local Dallas Meetup groups, so opportunities to get out and socialize have become a norm for me. Many times I still give myself pep talks beforehand, so I figured, while inspired by Gillette Venus to look and feel my best, I’d share my tips on what has helped me grow my confidence and network more easily. It’s not easy to put yourself out there when you’re naturally an introvert, but it’s definitely so rewarding!
4 CONFIDENCE TIPS TO NETWORK AS AN INTROVERT
Get Yourself Ready
I always feel my best when I spend some time beforehand taking care of my appearance. I freshen up with a shower, put on a face mask, and make sure that my legs and underarms are cleanly shaven. I always feel more confident when I have smooth skin from a fresh shave. The Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Razor is what I’ve been using to feel my best – I’m loving it! I first saw it when I was shopping in the Target beauty section and noticed that it had 5 blades (instead of the 3 blades I had been using) to provide an unbeatable extra-close shave. Plus there is a 360˚ Ribbon of Moisture that completely surrounds the blades and releases lubricants when activated by water for enhanced comfort, glide and protection. I definitely notice a difference in the smooth gliding motion thanks to the 360˚ Ribbon of Moisture and have found that I don’t get the minor cuts that I used to around my knees! The razor has a new platinum metallic handle that is perfectly balanced and gives me amazing control with it’s anti-slip texture — I don’t have any issues with gripping the razor even when I’m wet from the shower!
Smiling when you make eye contact with someone puts everyone at ease. Body language says so much about you and smiling is seriously the easiest way to be more approachable! There’s nothing like feeling comfortable in your own skin and it shows when you have a relaxed, friendly smile.
Besides finding a razor that fits your lifestyle and carrying yourself well, my other top tip would be to stand tall; arms uncrossed, and avoid looking at your phone at all costs. Even though we all have our smartphones on us and it can be an easy retreat when we’re uncomfortable, it also blocks you off from making eye contact with people. For me, as I make an entrance I’ll typically do a quick glance over to see if I know anyone. Then, I’ll see if there’s there’s someplace to grab a drink (even if it’s just a glass of water). For me just having something to hold and sip on helps make a situation less awkward.
with a few blogger friends at last year’s rewardStyle conference
Have “Ice Breaker” Questions Ready
I usually have a couple questions in my back pocket that are good conversation starters. In a more casual setting if I’m trying to talk with a group of girls, complimenting someone on their clothes or makeup is a safe choice and often the other person will have something to say about the topic as well. When I’m networking and talking with other guys, easy conversation topics include asking them about their job (what guy doesn’t love bragging about themselves for a bit?) or if they travel much (not sure why the travel one has worked so well but almost always I get stories about interesting places they’ve been to recently!). And finally, a conversation starter topic that seems to work well for both guys and girls is asking where people are from. I’ve found that people are comfortable sharing this part about themselves and it’s also an easy way to find something that you can both relate to from your past.