Networking as an Introvert
By: Lawyer Vaughn Jr.
Networking is one of the main ways to get your career started. However, such an idea may sound exhausting and scary to an introvert. Take a breather and make the most out of these helpful tips for introverts looking to network.
Do Not Shoot for Perfection
No one is perfect. Anyone who claims to be “perfect” may suffer from anxiety worse than an introvert. Set realistic goals for yourself. Maybe talking to 10 people at an event is too much for you. Start small and progress your way up to 10 and improve from there. Repetition with networking will not make you perfect, but it will make you more personable.
Thanks to websites like LinkedIn, you can do a bit of homework from your PC or even your phone. The information you gather can help you build confidence and possibly help you route a better conversation. Also, it is pretty impressive to have your portfolio online; it’s even more stellar to have it on your own personal website.
Practice Good Body Language
Your body language can say more about you than your words ever will. Remain confident with your posture and eye contact. Also, avoid sloppy handshakes. If there is one thing you want to get nervous about, a poor handshake is one them. Check out this guide for quick tips on body language: http://manpowermi.com/blog/the-power-of-body-language/.
Not being the center of attention is perfectly fine. If you try to be something you are not, people will see right through it. Just let connections be as organic as possible. This will definitely take a lot of practice. Be comfortable with the connections you make. You may not have talked to 50 people like the vocal story teller across the room, but the 7 people you had deep and interesting conversations with can lead to more meaningful connections.
Find Time to Recharge
At the end of the day you are an introvert, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just remember take time to recharge. It may be listening to an album, reading a book, or going for a jog. In some cases when you have back-to-back events, you won’t be lucky enough to get some quiet time. Try to look for opportunities throughout your day: during your commute, in the restroom, or even by taking a short walk outside.
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