“Tips on Networking as an Introvert?”
Asked by: Seri R.
Thanks for such a great question, Seri! I struggled with the idea of networking at the start of my career – and I consider myself an extrovert! Even though I don’t relate to being an introvert, some of my closest friends are, and I’ve loved watching them break out of their shells and become networking bosses. Pulling from their experiences and my own, I know the four steps below will make all the difference in your networking endeavors!
Step 1: Ditch Your Comfort Zone
The most obvious tip, but also the necessary starting point. Once you actually take the leap and discover your networking abilities, you’ll gain the confidence to continue putting yourself out there.
Step 2: Chase the Positives
Although this whole process can be nerve-racking, and receiving negative responses may be top of mind, I strongly believe you will have more positive experiences than negative ones! It’s important to chase these moments of success and positive connection to spur you forward.
Step 3: Take Note of How People Respond
Your networking attempts may not always yield your desired result, but that’s something you will learn from! Especially when networking through social media, people are very particular as to how they reach out and respond to others. Make note of what works and what doesn’t and use that to get even better.
Step 4: Keep at It
Sometimes new connections can happen very quickly, but actually building a network takes time and effort. It’s important that you continue to work hard to build your confidence, while also remembering to be kind to yourself during this complex process.
All in all, there are many different ways to successfully network and you’ll find how to do it your way through trial and error. However, I believe the absolute key to networking success is self-confidence, which I talk about in one of my previous Girl Talk posts, here! I am positive that breaking out of your comfort zone is 100% possible for you. Just have faith in yourself and you’ll see how capable you truly are!
Good luck to you Seri on networking for your new blog, Conquering Adulthood!