My name is Paul Aaron Travis and I know those feelings – worry about tripping over my own tongue, concern over what the other person thought about what I said, and deep down, a fear of judgment and rejection.
Even though I teach networking courses now, my career began very differently — as an engineer. So I was perfectly comfortable working with a computer all day but I was intimidated speaking to strangers. Then I “jumped the fence” into the marketing world and was absolutely blindsided by:
So, after a decade getting good at marketing (and years of conscious studying/effort at networking) I started my consulting practice, where networking is absolutely essential. I had also gotten married – to an introverted artist!
I learned the differences between shyness + introversion, and saw just how regularly both avoid networking – across industries but notably among accountants, analysts, engineers, graphic designers, architects, actuaries, and even in direct sales.
So, a few years ago, having become extremely connected, I followed my hunch: what worked for me could benefit others! I started coaching shy and introverted individuals to “reframe” the traditional notion of networking, and created the Business Friendship DVD. This led to the second edition online program to help more people.
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