When I first started out networking the thought of standing up and even delivering a brief 60-second intro filled me with dread.
I know others feel the same way and will avoid it at all costs but if you want to promote your business, you have to get out there and shout about it - or at least talk about it and that means having the confidence in what you do and how you say it.
Networking can be a great way to build your confidence. It helps you to get used to being the centre of attention even for those brief few seconds and the more you do the less self-conscious you feel. After all, everyone else is in the same boat and they're really not that different from you.
Practice makes perfect - you'll hone your intro, you'll be able to hold conversations with perfect strangers and who knows, you may even be able to stand up in front of a room full of those strangers and share your words of wisdom at some point in the future.