May 30, 2015

How to Network with Authenticity & Grace

It goes without saying that networking is uber important when you’re a budding entrepreneur or business owner. Great relationships are truly the key to success and realizing your greatest dreams because it’s those other people who inspire us, push us think bigger, and, hopefully, become lifelong advocates of our brands.

However, I learned early on that the way we approach connecting with others is just as important as having great relationships. The way we introduce ourselves, the kinds of questions we ask, and the energy that we present all feed into someone’s initial impression of us–and more importantly–the feeling they get being near us.

In today’s video, I’ve got 3 ways for you to begin networking with total authenticity, grace, and ease. So the next time you’re at an event, you’ll feel confident and loving in your interactions. These tips come in handy for any relationships you might want to create, not just business ones by the way!

What has your experience been with networking? Do you have any horror stories or lessons to share with us? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.

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  • Blair

    This is so spot on. Love you!! xx

    • Nitika

      Thanks Blair – so glad you found it helpful!! xo

  • Misty

    Beautiful info, Nitika! I have definitely found that most people, no matter who they are, just want to be treated as humans and not put on pedestals. And btw, your hair is looking fierce! 🙂

    • Nitika

      Haha thanks for the sweet comment about my hair Misty! And yes, that is EXACTLY what I am talking about. We are all the same…no pedestals!!! Lots of love xoxo

  • Jenn

    This is such great advice. I can attest to the fact that I do not like to necessarily talk about what I do for a living the moment I meet someone for the first time. I particularly like asking people how they spend their time. I feel this is a good open ended question that can be interpreted many ways. You offer such great advice here, thorough and spot on. Well done! Thanks so much for this awesome take on being social and business savvy at the same time. As always, I love your honesty and realness.

    • Nitika

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment Jennifer! I am glad to hear that the advice resonated with you and that you found it helpful. Stay tuned for more!! Lots of love xoxo

  • Rachel Camfield

    What a fun, happy, and helpful video – thank you for creating and sharing! Here’s a little mantra I like to use before going in to an event or meeting: “There’s nothing to prove.” It’s simple but helps me flip the switch from eager-to-please to quiet calm. Keep up the great work; sharing now 🙂

    • Nitika

      So happy you liked it Rachel! And I love love your tip – I am totally going to use that next time I need a gentle reminder. Thanks for sharing and commenting! Lots of love xo

  • Gayatri

    Loved this! One of the challenges I’ve had is when I’m in a groove with someone I really want to get to know and a third party comes in and bulldozes through the conversation. Aaaand…the magic is gone. Any thoughts on how to tackle the interruptions?

    • Nitika

      Haha this is such a good question. Yes! I try to include the other person so I can bring it back to what I wanted to talk about! So if someone comes up and all of a sudden our conversation is derailed, I say something like, “Yeah we were just talking about xxx – what are your thoughts?” or “have you ever experienced that”? It’s much more empowering way to bring it back to the direction you want. Lots of love! xx

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