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Have you ever dodged someone at a networking event because you just didn’t feel like speaking to them? You know what I mean, you see the person walking towards you and you run for the food line or swiftly maneuver your way to the group on the left in order to look “busy”. The whole time you’re talking to the group your planning your next move away from that one dreaded person and into the safety of another “busy” conversation. The entire time you’re half listening to the present conversation, half trying to figure out how to NOT get stuck listening to a laundry list of all their worries and problems.

If you’re like me you LOVE networking and meeting people but you just aren’t in love with the negative people you inevitably run into. Every group, in every town, in every state has at least one Debbie Downer or Grumpy Greg hanging around spreading their negativity to anyone who will listen. Sadly, everyone avoids them and they’re the only one that doesn’t realize it. No matter how much time goes by they still seem to attract an incredible amount of downfalls and depressing life dilemmas and drama. They never seem to run out of things to complain about and they always want you to listen to ALL of it!

I’ll admit to my share of dodging in all my networking around town but what I wish I could do was pull them aside and “wake” them up. I’d like to let them know that EVERYONE has problems and the economy is hard on all of us. The reality is that complaining never solved anything for anyone… not that I’ve heard of anyway.

The truth is that we all have to check our attitude at the door and make sure that we are putting our best face and best foot forward, always. We have to leave our problems behind and embrace optimism and just have faith that everything is going to work out in the end. When I look at the people that impress me the most and make me “feel” like I want to do business with them I noticed something they all have in common: a positive, happy attitude.

No one said life was going to be easy but nothing great was ever accomplish by easy either. The best way to get great results out of networking is by letting the people that will refer us tomorrow see that we’re going to handle that referral with confidence and by doing our best. They need to see that we have everything under control and that even when the going gets tough we just get going and get the job done.

So the next time you’re feeling down and out and have a networking event or sales call to go on, remember to check your attitude at the door and smile anyway. Allow yourself to believe in yourself and know that many people have been where you are and made it out ok – that means you can too!

3 Responses

  1. Monica Garcia Says:

    Thanks for all the GREAT advice Jason!

    Posted on October 28th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

  2. Wil Possible Says:

    it’s really all about the attitude… and if one isn’t born with the right attitude, go and get a new one… for example, psyching oneself up with self-talks before an event and getting into peak emotional state is extremely helpful. attitude is contagious.

    thanks for connecting!

    Posted on December 21st, 2010 at 1:00 pm

  3. Curt Kempton Says:

    This is so great, and as funny as it is (Debbie Downer), it is so true! Jason, you are a really positive person and you can speak from experience that good things attract good things…

    Posted on April 6th, 2011 at 1:59 pm