Looking in from the outside, you would think I was your normal girl. Running a few businesses from home, the busy bee, always into something, always on the go…..just a few descriptions that may come to mind of me. While these are true, it takes a lot from me to be successful in what I do. Blogging, eBay, and ItWorks are my businesses. All three of them requires me to deal with people. This is not easy for me at all but I refuse to let it control my life. Below are a few ways of how I deal with social anxiety in business.
How to Deal With Social Anxiety In Business
- Set goals: This is the key to finding your roadmap. You need to know what you are working for or where you are trying to get.
- Set milestones: Break your goals down into smaller goals.
- Change your mindset: Prepare yourself mentally. Pray and meditate.
- Get prepared: Do research. Know the person you will be speaking to (if possible). Know about the speakers at a conference. Be very knowledgeable about your own business or products. The better prepared you are, the better off you will be.
- Figure out what calms you: Take deep breaths. Listen to music. Drink something soothing. I like to think of fear as a person. I talk to fear like it’s the arch enemy. Fear, you are not going to stop me! Fear, you want me to fail but watch me work! Afterwards, I talk to my God.
- Do your best.
- Recap : What did you do well? What do you need to work on.
These are the steps that I take in 90% of my businesses when it comes to networking and dealing with people. Here is a scenario: In my health and wellness company, lets say that I have a goal of closing 10 customers (Step 1). I would then schedule a few wrap parties so I hand out brochures (Step 2). Before a house party, my anxiety is through the roof. I then get prepared, mentally and physically (Step 3 and 4). Right before the party, I’ll speak with my husband, pray, and pump myself up. How about some Beyonce music in the car (Step 5). The party is off and I kill it (Step 6). After the party, I sit and think about everything that happened at the party. I collect my thoughts and write them down in my journal.
I am not a psychologist, but taking these steps has caused me to get through so many hurdles in my businesses. My goals outweigh my fear and I cannot be stopped. Click To Tweet If you have experience or can relate, please comment below. How do you get past social anxiety? Has it caused you to miss out of opportunities in your business?