Let’s face it…creative people like us are a bit weird. Being socially awkward is just part of the package. Sitting in a dark room for days at a time making cool stuff – piece of cake. But throw us into a large crowd and force us to speak to other human beings and it gets ugly fast. But networking is a necessary skill to master if you intend to thrive in your creative career because no matter how awesome your work, people can’t hire you if they don’t know you exist!
I honestly can’t think of more than a small handful of people I know in my entire industry who are natural at “offline” networking (for those of you who spend all of your energy on social networking online, offline networking is in that vast terrifying space called “the real world.”) So for all of the socially awkward introverts out there like me, I’ve brought in an expert at offline networking to help you break the ice and start building your list of quality connections like a ninja.
My guest in this episode is Camille Virginia, the founder of Master Offline Dating. She has a unique talent and incredible passion for creating instant, in-person connections and building authentic relationships. Her specialty is helping singles who are burned out with online dating and apps to find love in their own lives by providing the key skills to boost social confidence, create connection, and find lasting commitment in the real world.
Trust me…the skills she teaches in the dating world are equally as applicable to professional networking settings because the key to networking is building meaningful relationships. I highly recommend taking notes and trying out a few of these approaches at your next networking event.
If you tried something that was successful from this interview, let me know! Drop me a quick note at [email protected], I read every single email I receive and do my best to respond if I’m able.
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Here’s What You’ll Learn:
- The universal building blocks of human relationships and social struggles
- Depersonalization and the pitfalls of online dating
- How can someone introverted have a successful networking presence?
- The similar mechanics of dating and networking
- How to approach strangers as “friends you haven’t met yet”
- Introducing yourself to people confidently and authentically
- Processing the emotional toll of intense social interaction as an introvert
- “You have something in common with every person that you speak to”
- Speaking out of curiosity rather than just engaging socially acceptable topics
- Valuing the people you are meeting for the first time
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Camille Virginia is the founder of Master Offline Dating. She has a unique talent and incredible passion for creating instant, in-person connections and building authentic relationships.
Through private coaching, online courses, and live workshops she helps singles who are burned out with online dating and apps to find love in their own lives by providing the key skills to boost social confidence, create romantic connection, and find lasting commitment in the real world.
Get her FREE gift Dating App Detox: The ultimate guide to getting a date without going online: www.masterofflinedating.com/yourself
The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).
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