You go to a networking event that ends up being a successful one. You come away from it with many business cards. As you start calling or emailing people, you realize some of them are either not responding or tell you point blank they are not interested in connecting with you. Rejection…It hurts. It makes you want to run, hide, and never go to another networking event. But wait, don’t run off just yet. There’s something important you can learn from rejection, so you should learn to embrace it.
Rejection Is a Good Thing
Everyone would love to have people be open to connecting. It’s what networking is all about, and it’s what makes growing a business possible. According to Anisa Mirza, the CEO and co-founder of Giveffect:
You should take this as an opportunity to learn why they may have refused.
Turning rejection into a learning experience will help you understand networking more and fine tune your approach, so more people will want to connect with you. The following are some of the things you can learn from rejection.
You don’t need to connect with everyone. Some people will try to connect with every single person they met at a networking event. You don’t need to do that because it’s ineffective. You only need to connect with people you feel will help you grow your business, or you can help them. If you just want to collect as many people as possible, you will likely get rejected more because those people don’t feel they can help you, or you can help them.
You came off too strong. People are busy. They don’t have time to discuss your business at length. If you spoke too much about your business at a networking event, that’s probably why they don’t want to connect with you afterwards.
People don’t understand networking. It’s not always your fault. Some people don’t understand that after networking events people reach out to connect with those they met. They aren’t interested in pursuing a relationship with people. It’s weird but true. You can usually tell when someone isn’t using networking to its potential because that person usually disappears after the event.
It’s not a good time. Many times, people think they were rejected when the person they connect with says that it’s not a good time. It may not be you. In life, things come up, and people don’t always have the time to connect. Instead of throwing that contact away, keep it, and then reach out again a couple months later. You may just find that the person will be available and more than willing to connect with you then.
There are many other reasons someone may reject you after a networking event. Those reasons don’t always have to do with you, but when they do, try to learn from them. You don’t have to run away from networking events because of rejection. Use those rejections as ways to grow. Before you know it, you won’t have as many because you chose to face rejection with a smile.
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