Networking is not just for glad-handers and the gregarious. Anyone can network. Even shy, introverted people can master the art of introductions and expanding your circle of business contacts, colleagues and clients.
Think networking isn't in your DNA? Entrepreneur magazine debunks the notion that shy people aren't good at networking. Networking is a two-way street says the magazine in the article Networking as an Introvert, and introverts are often good listeners, more readily able to understand others needs. This tit for tat dynamic is the architecture of good networking.
Not sure how to get started? Take small steps at first, no need to make cold calls or attend events where you know no one; begin reaching out to neighbors or friends, or join organizations that reflect your passions. Remember to be yourself, networking doesn't mean being a stand up comic or the most extroverted person in the room.
A self-proclaimed introvert offers the following useful tips from the web site Work Buzz.
Introverts think to talk.
Introverts drill deep.
Introverts energize alone.
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by Candie Harris
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