Networking tips for introverts
These days networking is all about building those long term connections, which frankly is easier said than done, particularly for those people who may find the idea of walking into a room full of brand new people somewhat daunting. Over the years we have found that those who would classify themselves as introverts are often nervous to network as frankly the thought of it is rather unappealing.
However, at iwant2network we are on a campaign to get more people networking, which includes those introverts amongst you. So here are our top tips for getting introverts networking more.
- Manage expectations
If you attend a networking event and there are lots of attendees it can feel extremely overwhelming and you may feel a little like Baby sat in the corner. However, instead of feeling overwhelmed, simply choose 2 or 3 people and speak to them. Whilst networking can sometimes feel a little like a numbers game, we are firm believers that meaningful and robust connections are far more powerful than handing out as many business cards as possible. So if you manage to hand out your business card to three individuals, you are well within your rights to feel accomplished in networking effectively.
- Preparation is key
This may sound a little corny, but you may find it immensely helpful to prepare some conversation starters in case you get a little nervous faced with so many people. Instead of asking the old favourites such as “what you do?” – consider asking questions on food and travel – if nothing else everyone loves to eat and visit new places.
- Seek help
If you are little nervous, do try to find the host of the group and asked to be introduced to other friendly members or visitors who will make you feel welcome. If you can’t find the host, then be open and honest with the people you talk to. Say it’s your first time and that you’re a little nervous, you’d be amazed at how supportive people can be.
- Take time out
If a conversation is dragging on, you can always excuse yourself by saying you need the toilet or to buy another drink. And if you do want to take some time out to think and reassess, then you can always take a few moments alone to regroup and refocus.
- Practice makes perfect
If at first you don’t succeed try try again. Even if you really didn’t enjoy your first networking event and found it overwhelming and uncomfortable; then panic not. Networking is an art and it may take some time to get it exactly right so be patient, keep calm and keep at it.
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