Pushing past that comfort zone!

Posted: 6th September 2008

I’ve had a couple of days of doing things that stretch my comfort zone. Thursday evening I went to my first book club meeting. I felt quite nervous beforehand because I really didn’t know what to expect, but of course when I got there it was absolutely fine. It turned out that I already knew the woman who organises it (just hadn’t made the connection between name and face) and she was incredibly welcoming and encouraging, as were the rest of the group. I can’t wait for the next one now. What I need to work on is being more confident about speaking without having to be encouraged first.

And yesterday I went to my first speed networking event. There were a few familiar faces there which was good but I also spoke to lots of people I hadn’t met before. It was a really positive afternoon – I got some good reactions to my introduction and have made some promising contacts. Apart from a couple of people everyone was really nice and went out of their way to be interested. There was one bloke who I found completely rude – while I did my 60-second intro he actively looked bored and then told me that he had no interest in my business because he already had a website – then he went on to try to sell me his product… Come on, he only had to pretend to be interested for 60 seconds, that’s not much to ask is it?

Overall a really good, confidence-boosting couple of days. Just need to keep it up.

4 Responses

  1. Tom LeDree says:

    Great to hear you had a great time at your speed networking event.

    I’d love to hear if any of your contacts made that day turn into customers.

    I commend you for taking action and stepping outside your comfort zone. It’s so easy to put things off but you did it!

    Have a great weekend.


  2. Emily says:

    Thanks Tom, I’ll let you know how things go. There are a couple which might convert reasonably quickly and one which is a slow burner. Will just have to see. I know how easy it is to sound interested in a networking situation but then nothing come of it.

    Am definitely feeling very pleased with myself at the moment!

  3. Great stuff! I strongly believe that leaving your comfort zone is a very productive exercise because you tend to see things in a slightly different perspective. I think we are all guilty of staying within our zones too much and then we become stagnant. I’m going to try and stay outside of mine for the next few weeks and see what happens!

  4. Emily says:

    Good luck Shaun, let me know how you get on. Now that I’ve stepped outside of mine I’m determined to stay out there – scary as it may sometimes seem. It’s amazing how much more confident you feel just by telling yourself that you’re going to be more confident.

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