In this week’s Marketing for Introverts Podcast episode, I spoke to James Reader of Front Row Films.
James is part of a networking group I regularly attend, and he is the life and soul of the group.
I know that he classed himself as the ultimate social introvert, so I wanted to know how he achieves this!
He tells us how as a child his family wondered if he was deaf because he didn’t engage with other children.
Networking by stealth
He explained how he can be friendly and chatty but he actually is very shy and has a number of strategies, including ensuring he has time to “decompress” after networking meetings.
As a professional videographer, he works regularly with people who hate being on camera, so we explored how to overcome those fears. Top tips include good lighting and lots of practice!
As James says, “with video, little and often is much better than producing Citizen Kane every 6 months!”
With networking, he was originally terrified, worrying he was going to pass out in the first meeting. But building relationships with people in the group has meant that no longer is he trying to impress the group. He’s getting to know people so they can help each other’s business.
He’s a big believer in networking by stealth, not talking about business at all and getting to know people personally first. This way the business happens organically.
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