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Networking – So Easy Even an Introvert Can Do It

For some of us, the thought of walking into a room full of people is more than intimidating . . . it’s overwhelming! In the past, this felt so uncomfortable that when forced to confront a networking opportunity, I would even find a secluded corner and pretend to check my email or take an important call, hoping someone else would make the first move. If this sounds like you, too, then it's likely that you are a classic introvert.  But I have great news! There is hope, and you CAN still network effectively. Here are three tips to ease the pain of networking.

Networking – So Easy Even an Introvert Can Do It

By Julia Hoyle, Nspired Networking Corporate Trainer - August 2015

For some of us, the thought of walking into a room full of people is more than intimidating . . . it’s overwhelming! In the past, this felt so uncomfortable that when forced to confront a networking opportunity, I would even find a secluded corner and pretend to check my email or take an important call, hoping someone else would make the first move. If this sounds like you, too, then it's likely that you are a classic introvert.  But I have great news! There is hope, and you CAN still network effectively. Here are three tips to ease the pain of networking.

  1. Volunteer to be the official welcome committee. By checking people into the event, you are forced to ask their name and sometimes their company without feeling awkward or pushy. Many times that will lead to other questions that will move the conversation along. You can even introduce them to others in the room, making you a valued connector.

  2. Have a list of questions ready to ask. People love to talk about themselves, so ask questions like “What do you like most about your job” or “What made you decide to go into your field?” They may just dominate the conversation giving you the opportunity to gather all sorts of information about them.

  3. Be yourself. Everyone understands if you are a little uncomfortable and will help you along. Nothing is worse than pretending to be someone else. Be genuine.

Try these simple tips and soon you will be a networking pro. Who knows, you might even help another introvert discover the wonderful benefits of networking!