Don’t let these 5 excuses stop you from networking

“I don’t have time.” “I can’t think of anything to say.” If you’ve ever uttered these responses after someone invited you to a networking event, you’ll want to read this.

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Our ability to achieve and our sense of fulfillment are often determined by our network of relationships. And this couldn’t be truer for entrepreneurs. Everything is easier when we have relationships we can count on for support, access and collaboration. Yet too often bright, talented people simply don’t devote the time and energy required to create and nurture these relationships.

In my coaching experience, the same excuses surface repeatedly in working with entrepreneurs who haven’t taken the time to create a network. Owning the excuses is the way to step beyond them, and once you do, you can apply your creativity to eliminating these constraints.

1. I don’t have time.

Once you make meeting people a priority, you’ll find the time. This quote by Brian Andreas, creator of StoryPeople.com, fits: “Everything changed the day I figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in my life.”

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