Common Objections to Online Networking

Many people complain that they want to network, they need to network¬óbut they simply do not have the time, the knowledge, the money, or the personality. We address below some of these common objections:

A. I have no time!
We sympathize with this complaint. We would all like to network more, but of course we all have obligations to family and work that keep us from attending every party and participating in every online forum that we find interesting!

The primary remedy for this problem is effective time management. Imagine you were on the bus and saw someone throwing a dollar bill out the window once a minute. You would never do such a crazy thing, correct? However, that is exactly what you are doing if you are wasting time. If you do not relate to the degree of importance of even a single second, we suggest that you ask an Olympic sprinter about the value of even a hundredth of a second.

In the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote about the difficulty of doing Type II activities, which which he defined as those activities which are important but not urgent. Networking is like exercising or doing your taxes; you can delay and procrastinate and postpone and reschedule, but in the long run the task must be done. The longer you wait, the more difficult the action becomes. As your waistline becomes flabbier, your Rolodex will grow skinnier.

B. I don’t know how to use the computer!
For 80% of our readers, this is a non-issue. You are already familiar with all of the terms and procedures in this book; nothing that we discuss here requires a particularly high level of computer literacy.

For the 20% of our readers who do not feel comfortable with our computers, we refer you to Carol Teten, who is rapidly approaching senior citizen status. Carol is one of the world’s leading experts in historical dance. A few years ago, she decided that she wanted to become computer literate. She hired a teenager in her neighborhood to tutor her for $10 per hour. With hard work and his help, she rapidly progressed from a computerphobe to woman who spends hours on the web running her successful and profitable online business, DanceTimePublications.com. We assure you that if someone with the handicap of little computer experience can reach that level of proficiency, then all of our readers can do the same.

C. I don’t have the money!
One of the biggest advantages of online business networking is that it can be exceptionally cheap. You can rapidly become a highly visible online networker for under $20/month by following the tips and principles we advocate at TheVirtualHandshake.com.

D. Not sufficiently extroverted
Many people are hesitant to become aggressive offline networkers because they complain that they are not extroverted enough. However, part of the beauty of online networking is that it is very easy for people who are nervous around crowds, or not particularly articulate, to become highly effective networkers.