In January, this Once Timid Networker made a new friend, Tony Wolfe. He has become a very good friend and someone I look forward to seeing and chatting with when his name pops up on my Facebook Chat list. He is always positive and has a delightful smile and friendly voice.
Today is is my honor to have him be a “Guest” blogger for The Once Timid Networker… Thank you Tony for being inspirational and for being my friend.
Tara Schmakel, The Workroom at Tara’s
I’m walking into a meeting/networking event and a bit timid because I have zero pre-existing relationships with anyone in the room. I’m the new guy. But wait, they don’t know me either so that makes them the new guy to me.
I begin to roam the room hoping that an ambassador or an appointed connector will spot me and approach me to save me from my agony. It happens. A very nice lady walks directly toward me making eye contact and displaying a big smile with her outreached arm. She was walking at a fast pace directly toward me to give me a warm welcome. I’m looking forward to this. She looks fabulous and professional. I can feel her energy before she even gets to me. I extend my hand, she hers and we make that initial connection with a handshake.
We interlocked and maintained throughout the introductions. She was firm, yet gentle with the clasp of my hand. She wouldn’t let go. Then, her other hand came into play. My right hand was now sandwiched between the two of hers. The usual up and down handshake protocol was in full force. I was unsure as to just when (or if) I was going to be turned loose. I wasn’t necessarily uncomfortable but I was beginning to wish that I would be set free sometime soon.
She was letting me know, through both her words and the eternal handshake that she was happy to meet me and happy to introduce me to folks in the room.
Once released, I felt like a new man. I was now set free from my anxiety about being in a room full of strangers. I was escorted from one cluster of people to another being introduced as a visitor for the day.
I will remember that handshake forever. The impact that something as simple as a handshake can have is remarkable.
What impact are you having on people when you meet them for the first time? GO DO!™