A very hot topic with my clients lately has been career networking. Particularly with those who consider themselves to be an introvert.
Not sure if you are an extrovert, introvert or ambivert (like me!)?
Last week, while in a room with 300 strangers, I was introduced to a woman who was sharp, outgoing, and engaging. She asked really insightful, smart questions. I had her pegged: a power networker. She was clearly in her element and very comfortable connecting with strangers.
But as our conversation continued, I came to learn that she wasn’t an extrovert or a natural networker at all. To the contrary, she was a self-described introvert who had trained herself to become a great connector…
The thought of networking often strikes terror in the hearts of job seekers, but even more so for those of us that are particularly shy or introverted. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Regardless of the cause of your shyness, it’s important that you don’t completely forgo networking during your job search. So for you introverts, here are nine networking tips to shake your shyness:
Sweaty palms, check. Nervous flutters, check. Dry mouth, check.
If you’re feeling this way, I’m going to venture to guess you’re attending a business networking event.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Entering a networking event with a little strategy can go a long way! Here are a few fun tips and icebreakers to help ease your nerves — and ensure you get quality business connections out of it, too: