An Introvert's Guide to Networking
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 establish rapport with new people.
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Think about the people you would like to get to know and then carve out time to accomplish that goal: