Networking for Introverts: 5 Tips to Make it Easier
Networking can be extraordinarily useful if you do it regularly. However, many people stay away from networking because it can be awkward or they may not know how to network. Introverts, in particular, often have a hard time easing into networking. Take a look at these 5 tips to make networking easier.
- Be Prepared – Have some ice breaker conversation starters in mind to use. Being aware of the latest news and knowing what’s trending on social media is helpful before heading out to a networking event. Always have your personal pitch ready but be sure to insert it into the conversation naturally.
- Ask questions – Many people enjoy talking about themselves so asking questions is a great way to start a conversation. Be sure to ask questions that aren’t too personal but aren’t boring either. For example, if you’re at conference out of state, you might ask someone if they have discovered any great restaurants in the area.
- Share something about yourself – Keep up your end of the conversation by revealing a little bit extra about your life. For example, maybe you casually mention that you’re training for a charity race, or you’re moving into new offices next week, or you’re learning Spanish because you have a new client in South America. Think of topics that are slightly personal but not overly revealing; this can help get a conversation rolling and lead to new connections.
- Don’t take rejection personally – Know that some people will not be interested in connecting with you and it has nothing to do with who you are as a person. Everyone has his or her own agenda and not everyone’s agenda will coincide with yours. Remembering this will help you take things less personally.
- Smile – Even when you don’t feel like smiling, smile. You’ll look more approachable to others and research shows that the act of smiling will actually make you feel happier.
Many people, introverts and extroverts alike, don’t enjoy networking. However, building relationships is essential for growing and thriving in your career, so it’s important to break out of your comfort zone. Like most things in life, the more you do it, the easier it gets.
By: Equity National March 16, 2015 Uncategorized