Bob Goodyear, one of the many terrific professionals featured in The Introverted Leader: Building On Your Quiet Strength just made the lead to a story on Forbes.com about “saying hi” Some excerpts:
“I was always fine making a presentation in front of a crowd, but when I tried to mingle afterward, it felt like someone was sticking their hand down into my stomach and tying it in a knot,” says Goodyear, 53.
Note: Bob and I discussed his upcoming trip to Australia and some techniques he could use. He pushed himself and had great results. Here is another excerpt from the article.
“Last September, on a business trip toAustralia, Goodyear decided to get over his fear of making the first move. “I knew there would be a social function after my speech, and I was nervous about mingling in a room full of people I’d never met,” says Goodyear.
Rather than panicking, Goodyear got busy preparing. “I researched all the companies that would be represented at this event so that when I saw the company names on the guest’s name tags, I had a piece of information about their firm to use as a conversation starter,” he says…”
Read more! : http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/21/social-anxiety-networking-entrepreneurs-sales-marketing-networking.html