Networking can be that way sometimes, especially when you first start, but I am going to help you overcome your fear by using myself as an example.
Below are 10 actions I almost didn’t take because I feared rejection or someone labeling me as weird and awkward:
1. I spent more than 30 hours emailing 55 people.
When I wrote “The Ultimate Networking Tips Guide: 87 Killer Resources” I spent days writing emails to the authors of the articles I featured. Each email was personal and explained how the author has helped me achieve success. Writing the emails took longer than finding all 87 links!
Result: Many authors whom I idolize wrote back telling me they were honored to be featured. Many of them shared the article with their networks.
Lesson: Thank people who have helped you no matter how famous they might be. You would think they get thank-you emails all the time, but they don’t. They mostly get emails seeking help. Make their day.
2. I asked people on Twitter to grab drinks.
I tweeted two complete strangers (one was a New York Times best-selling author) to ask if they wanted to get drinks.