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4 Ways to Be a Better Networker (Even If You're an Introvert!) | Blog

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4 Ways to Be a Better Networker (Even If You're an Introvert!) | Blog
Let's talk about networking-both locally at meetups and digitally on sites like BiggerPockets. Most people know they need to step up their networking game to succeed in business, but they can't get past a certain mental hurdle. So, here's a short list of tips to point you in the right direction, even if you're shy.

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Socially acceptable internet stalking

If you are going to a club or a meeting, it helps to check online and on the event's page about the people that are going and touch base with a few of them.

When you arrive at the event venue, you can meet those persons and can avoid loitering alone there.

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Put the effort to connect

It pays off eventually. Efforts to connect may not pay off right there and then,  or even in a fair way, but they do pay off.

Even if this effort pays off half the time, it is worth it.

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Find the result ratio and improve it

If you reach out to 50 people on email and only one real connection happens in your networking, it is worth the effort, and the learning.

You can fine-tune your ways to get better results as you progress.

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Practice

Practice networking daily, making the right efforts with patience,  and you will see your network growing, as you become more comfortable and confident.

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Make friends, not contacts

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Listening

One of the best networking hacks in the world.

People with knowledge tend to hold back what they know under the presumption that you aren't really interested in what they have to say. But if you listen and show not only your interest but your appreciation, they will share. They will share everything they know, and then some. So not only is this a learning opportunity for you, but it becomes one of the fastest ways to make friends and build an incredible network.

Ask for an introduction

Everybody knows someone. If you want to meet someone in particular, ask the people you know if they know anyone who knows the person--and then ask them to make an introduction.

At the end of the day, a warm lead is always better than a cold lead. If you can get in the door with some sort of referral, that will always be better than a cold email or phone call.