Networking can play an important part in spreading your brand awareness and growing your Career, Small Business or Voluntary Sector Organisation.
If you prefer a good book to a party then as an introvert you may struggle with a room full of fellow networkers.
I am an introvert scoring 90% for introversion a recent personality test. which means that I love having meaningful conversations and feel most comfortable in quiet or solitude or working one to one.
If you are like me then the chances are that you may find that networking represents the complete opposite of your natural habitat. To illustrate my point here are my light-hearted survival suggestions.
Faced with a room full of strangers DO NOT make eye contact as this could lead to small talk. Pretend to look for someone to talk to by peering into the middle distance. Do a few laps of the room keeping close to the walls and an exit at all times Get another drink. Get a third. Busy yourself with your phone and visit the loo. Repeat these steps then retire to the corner to hang out to study something interesting like a painting, notice board or pot plant. Think of a reason you need to leave the networking event early. Slip out quietly vowing ‘never again’ and that networking is not for you. Feel that sense of relaxing and being more yourself as you walk to your car.
Joking aside. In fact us introverts can make the best networkers. We are good listeners and tend to be more interested in other people than about talking about ourselves.
Here are my 10 tips which have helped me to enjoy these gatherings:
You might surprise yourself and say “Wow. This networking isn’t that bad. I really enjoyed myself!”