Meeting new people helps grow your business. But for some, networking can be a struggle. Don’t let nerves or shyness keep you from reaching your real estate goals. Instead, try these four strategies to tackle your networking anxiety:

Reach Out Online First

Are you going to an event where you don’t know anyone? Begin in a safe space. Use LinkedIn or another social media channel beforehand to introduce yourself and get a conversation started.

Be the Go-Between

Take the pressure off by shifting the focus. Introduce others and share the strengths and accomplishments of your colleagues. Being the source of referrals and resources helps you establish trust.

Change Your Tactic

Do you find it hard to pitch yourself? Instead, ask questions to learn more about any challenges the person may be having. This is a great way to discover how you can help and showcase your expertise naturally.

Host Your Own Event

Consider hosting a Zoom meeting, coffee date, dinner party, or game night. By planning your own event, you will have control over who attends, and you will also have a much better chance of making more meaningful connections.

And don’t forget to ask for help. Having the support of your current network can make it easier to form new relationships.