Networking continues to play a large role in the business world today. Whether it’s established social media platforms, or socializing with others at career events, there are many different things that play a large part in how an everyday individual can showcase networking effectiveness. However, networking may not seem so simple for those who tend to be more introverted much like myself. Don’t be fooled! Misconceptions can arise regarding introverts, and while it’s true they are more reserved and quiet, that doesn’t mean they don’t have the necessary tools to network effectively. In this blog, we’ll be showing you tips on how it’s possible to excel at in-person networking as an introvert.
Start With Small Goals
Goal setting is an important first step. Before going to a big career event, it can help by creating a goal or two for yourself to pursue. Examples of this can include learning a certain number of people’s names, starting a couple of conversations with ice breakers, or even connecting with a few new people on LinkedIn. Goals like this can help you see what capabilities you have when putting that friendly foot forward. Just ensure that the goals you’re trying to obtain aren’t too far outside your reach and you’re comfortable going after them. After you achieve those goals, don’t be afraid to lobby for bigger expectations down the line!
Value Listening As Much As Speaking
Yes, it is important to speak to others consistently when networking. However, networking takes more than just talking to others. Listening is just as, if not more, important than speaking to others. Understanding what others are saying to you and engaging with them through your body language and responses tells the speaker that you’re truly interested and involved with the topic at hand (which is usually work related). Especially if it’s a career event, listening to others may help you learn about certain jobs or companies that you don’t know much about. Maybe these companies will even have roles for you, who knows! Not only that, listening will more than likely have the other person returning the favor when you’re speaking. So don’t be afraid to listen to what others have to say!
Don’t Be Afraid To Follow Up
After making those connections, it’s important to establish a follow up. Connecting with them on LinkedIn and sending a message, or emailing them days later can help strengthen your rapport with these connections. Doing so will showcase an initiative that they might want to see as some of these connections could be employers! Be sure to mention your name and remind them of the event you met them at. You could even include the advice you received from them or the small conversation details that you had. Stay patient, courteous, and professional when doing so, and these connections may just become permanent.
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