Create a Plan for Networking

Create a Plan for Networking

You're probably going to find yourself in a crowd of strangers every now and then. It can be particularly helpful for introverts to have a plan—before ever even wandering into that sea of people. 

Are there any specific attendees you're hoping to chat with? Think through ahead of time how you'll approach them and what you'd like to talk with them about. You can even arm yourself with a few conversation starters.

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Leverage Social Media

Social media is an incredibly powerful tool for personal branding. 

  • Your up-to-date profiles can tout your skills and accomplishments for you, without you so much as saying a word.
  • Try joining LinkedIn groups or Twitter chats to participate in discussions relevant to your industry and connect with fellow professionals.
Focus on Relationships

Don't pressure yourself into thinking that you need to be the center of attention or speak with a large audience.

If you continue to build one meaningful relationship at a time with the people who actually matter to you, by setting up informal meetings or coffee dates, you'll actually end up with a stronger personal brand than those people who fly around networking events engaging in endless conversations about the weather.

Expand Your Qualifications

Expanding your skills and expertise is a surefire way to solidify and improve your personal brand

Once you complete your extracurricular, make sure to post your new certification on your LinkedIn, your resume (if relevant) and your personal website to cash in on the branding payoff.

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Build a Distinct Brand

Once you’ve created your personal brand, you have to express it in a unique way.

Maybe you will sign your name in a particular way or dress in a particular way. 

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Listen with intent

The best conversationalists aren’t those who always have witty things to say, but those who are genuine listeners. 

Good listeners don’t just listen with their ears, but with their whole body. They lean into the conversation, establish eye contact, and provide their undivided attention to the person they’re speaking with.

Commit to a niche--but choose the one you can actually win. All the big names in your industry started out by dominating a small space.

What do you want to be known for? What sets you apart from other established influencers in the same space? 

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