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An Introvert's Guide to Networking

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 conference buddy to bring with to your next networking event.
  • Be that person. Many feel the same as you do. Forget about yourself and reach out.
  • Be present. Once you do start a conversation, ask lots of questions and practice your listening skills.
  • So try to relax, smile, and look as warm and casual as you can.
  • Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone just a little bit.

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An Introvert's Guide to Networking

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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 establish rapport with new people. 

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 conference buddy to bring with to your next networking event.
  • Be that person. Many feel the same as you do. Forget about yourself and reach out.
  • Be present. Once you do start a conversation, ask lots of questions and practice your listening skills.
  • So try to relax, smile, and look as warm and casual as you can.
  • Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone just a little bit.

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Let people know your movements

Use your social networks to tell everyone how excited you are to network and where and when they can meet you. 

Don’t forget, you’re giving up your time to attend this event so you need to take something from it.

Be a regular

The best way to have friends is to interact with the same person regularly.

Look for activities where the same core people show up. Keep showing up yourself. 

Talk about yourself

Share some details of your life more freely so that your conversation partner doesn't have to interrogate you. If you feel uncomfortable talking too much, give yourself permission to stretch and grow.

Be the conversation starter

Most people are secretly scared of getting rejected.  Assume that people like you and act in kind.

Don't wait for them to start a conversation. Say "hello." They might be relieved you took the initiative.

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