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An Introvert's Guide to Networking
Throughout college, I was the "shy girl." I often wondered why it was hard for me to open up to strangers and attend social events after a long day at school. But I was so used to being labeled as "shy" that I never thought of changing it-it was just my identity.

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Introverts

Introverts tend to be reflective and have close relationships.

But it can be hard to be open and let strangers into your life. Small talk doesn’t come easy, and it’s hard work to estab...

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How introverts can be more social

  • Prepare. Have questions ready to ask new people,such as “How did you get started in your career?" or “What are you passionate about?
  • Find a conferenc...

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Being an introvert

Being an introvert has nothing to do with being shy.

All it means is that some people recharge when they are by themselves (introverts).

Deal With Being an Introvert

  • Learn to recharge by yourself. You can be enormously creative and successful once you know how to recharge.
  • Create a life where you can have more time by yourself.
  • Make small incremental moves towards the life you want to live.
  • Ask yourself throughout the day: is this activity giving me energy or draining me? 
  • Be humble enough to realize what you are not good at. 
  • Self-esteem is great if you earn it. But if you have no gas in the car, faking your gas gauge won’t make the car run longer.

Gets things done as an introvert

  • Write down ten ideas a day to keep being creative.
  • Read a lot to keep learning.
  • “Execution ideas” are a subset of ideas. When you have an idea you want to test, think of the next execution ideas to get the idea done.
  • Talk with friends who can help if you think the idea is starting to gain traction.

  • Focus your execution efforts on the things you're skilled at and hire or outsource the other things.

  • Work with people who are good at what they do, so you can be good at what you do.

Practice networking everyday

The key to overcoming your fears about networking is to practice a little bit every day — and to do it when you don’t need specific help.

If you do this when you’re not feeling needy, you wil...

Keeping in loose touch

You pop up now and again to your connections and acquaintances (old and new), without any obligation to follow up or see each other in person.

  • It helps you to connect even with your weak or dormant ties, that will, in turn, be able to help you if you with what opportunities they have. 
  • You can connect via text or email, and you can take the time to compose thoughtful messages without being put on-the-spot.

The effect of loose touch

... is to put you into someone’s consciousness for a few minutes, and vice versa.

In cultivating loose-touch connections, know that your network won’t appear all at once; it takes steady, continuous work.

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