I've always been awkward! Even this photo is slightly awkward and out of place.
Coworker: "How are you?"
Me: "Thank you! And you?"
... just awkward!
Meeting new people and connecting has always been a difficult task for me. The whole idea of mix and mingle networking makes me cringe. I know networking is necessary to build business. I know networking is necessary to expand your network. I know all of this. It still doesn't cure my social anxiety.
Sometimes I stutter
My palms get sweaty
I sit quietly and observe
...again, just awkward!
Two weeks ago I posted this quote from Mentor/Entrepreneur/TV Host, Paul C. Brunson that REALLY resonated:
There has never been and there never will be a person to walk this earth with the same experiences, wisdom, perspective, and skills you have. The next time you have a first meeting, first interview, first date, a first anything, remember that no one has ever met someone exactly like you before. Out of fear and the pressure to fit in, we often try to hide where we’re different. It’s actually where we’re different that allows us to make our mark on this world. Your uniqueness is where your greatest power lies. Own your difference and you’ll discover what makes you great.
Part of overcoming awkwardness is embracing awkwardness. THAT'S IT! Embrace yourself. I have a few events in the next couple of weeks that will test this theory. I'll definitely be working on feeling more comfortable (i.e. embracing) that awkward networking space. Stay tuned.
If you can identify, leave a comment. Don't worry, there's no judgement here. Part of embracing those awkward qualities is aligning with other comfortably awkward folks!