Interview with Stephanie Scheller, Founder and CEO of Grow Disrupt
As an ambivert with ADHD, Stephanie Scheller understands the challenges that networking events can pose for entrepreneurs like herself. Despite her reservations, she has developed three strategies to ensure networking success and make the most of the time invested. In this interview, Stephanie shares valuable insights and tips for fellow ADHD entrepreneurs to navigate networking events with confidence and ease.
1. Rethink Business Cards and Embrace Digital Alternatives
Stephanie advises against the traditional practice of exchanging business cards, as they often get lost or forgotten. Instead, she suggests using digital alternatives. One option is to ask the person you meet to input their contact information directly into your phone. This not only ensures you have their details accurately but also saves time when following up later.
Stephanie recommends taking a screenshot of the contact information and emailing it to yourself. This simple process allows her to quickly add notes and reminders for follow-ups and CRM updates, eliminating the hassle of managing physical business cards.
2. Master Your Elevator Pitch
Having a well-crafted elevator pitch is crucial for making a strong first impression. Stephanie emphasizes understanding the key elements of your pitch rather than memorizing it word for word. She suggests having a concise introduction and a brief overview of what you do. However, the most critical aspect is turning the conversation back to the other person.
By shifting the focus to the other individual, Stephanie finds networking less stressful and more enjoyable. As a writer herself, she acknowledges the comfort of having a script but reminds us that networking is about active listening and engaging with others.
3. The Power of a “Back Pocket Question”
To initiate conversations effectively, Stephanie relies on what she calls a "back pocket question." This is a versatile and engaging question that serves as an excellent conversation starter. The key is to choose a question that aligns with the event's context and your comfort level.
Stephanie recommends having a few variations of the back pocket question prepared, depending on the mood and setting. Whether it's about a current event, an interesting fact, or a topic related to your business, this question can help break the ice and foster meaningful connections.
Bonus Tip: Everyone Feels the Same
Stephanie's bonus tip is to remember that most people attending networking events share similar feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Knowing that others are experiencing the same emotions can help alleviate your own uneasiness. Look for someone who seems a bit reserved or nervous, approach them, and make a connection by acknowledging the shared experience.
As an ADHD entrepreneur, networking events can be intimidating, but with Stephanie Scheller's tips, you can navigate them with confidence and success. Embrace digital alternatives to traditional business cards, craft a personalized elevator pitch, and have a powerful back pocket question to initiate engaging conversations. Remember, everyone else is likely feeling just as uncertain as you are, so reach out, connect, and build meaningful relationships.
If you found these tips helpful, Stephanie's Grow Disrupt channel offers more valuable advice for thriving personally and professionally as an ADHD entrepreneur. Networking doesn't have to be a source of dread; it can be a gateway to exciting opportunities and valuable connections. So, go forth and make the most of your networking endeavors!