An Introvert’s Guide to Networking

Author: Suzannah Scully, Levo.com

Being an introvert, you may never love networking (I mean, who actually does?!) but this article can help you become more comfortable in your own networking skin.  To read the full article, click the links provided.  – WLC Career Development

Excerpt from Levo.com:
If it ends up that you are an introvert and the very idea of networking makes you run screaming to your room to crawl under the covers, I want to provide some guidance on how to make it work for you.

I believe so much in networking that it is one of my main priorities in terms of my time spent. Does this mean that it is easy for me? No. Like you, I would rather be curled up on the couch with my husband while watching an episode of “Homeland” or “Scandal” after a long day.  The last thing I want to do is get in the car, walk in to a room full of people I don’t know and make awkward small talk.

The reason I do it three or four times per month is because I have seen the value in it each and every time. It is all a part of building community, exposing myself to new ways of doing things, meeting people who inspire me and building my personal brand. And I rarely, if ever, regret going.

Don’t think of it as networking; think of it as seeking out kindred spirits. – Susan Cain

Here are five effective networking tips for introverts:

1.  Embrace Consistency
One of the easiest ways to build community and your network is to show up to the same place consistently each day/week. Do you get a coffee every morning? Try going at the same time everyday where the familiarity of seeing the same people will start with a familiar smile, then turn into polite conversation about current events or the weather, and eventually turn into a relationship.

2.  Get Moving
There is nothing that builds community like sweating together. I believe it is one of the easiest and fastest ways to meet like minded people. Check out Basic Training, which combines great workouts with fun happy hours.

3.  Follow Your Friends
I subscribe to Eventbrite, which sends me a weekly email telling me which of my Facebook friends are going to which event. Knowing that I will know one person often helps me to have that anchor when I attend different events.

4.  Tweet Away
I have made so many wonderful friends via Twitter. How? Many different ways, but some ideas are:

  • Tweet using the event hashtag to meet other attendees without leaving your seat
  • Engage in conversation with people on Twitter who have common interests, retweet their tweets, respond to theirs, share their blog posts, etc.

5.  Volunteer
Using your time and talents to help others is a great way to meet like-minded people who share common interests and values. It provides a great structured environment to do good and build your network along the way.

Read the full article via Levo.com.

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