Networking events would be the last place an introvert would like to get stuck in.
With a setting, full of strangers you have never met before, you feel, as if you have found yourself, in a forbidden territory.
You will, probably, withdraw yourself into a shell, as usual, hoping that, the event will pass away, without you getting to, necessarily, meet up with anybody, or, someone, approaching you, for a conversation.
The conversation is now left for the extroverts to take charge, however, networking is not for extroverts only, as introverts are as skilled, as their extrovert counterparts, if only, they can learn to ignore the crowd and rather, take a focus, on initiating an individual conversation.
The conversation, we can have here is that, how is it possible, to build a network, if you are an introvert and get the jitters, at the mention of networking?
One should not forget that, one of the factors that, business success lies upon, is a building of network, around it.
How, then, do you position yourself in networking events, if you are an introvert? Below are some suggestions:
Prepare Your Questions, But Have An Inquisitive Mindset
Networking might appear tough, especially, when you do not have things to say, on the spot.
As an introvert, you can always plan, with a bank of questions that may include starters to a conversation and open-ended questions.
You would want your conversation to make people feel at ease, therefore, rather ask questions that create a healthy dialogue, since you are not much of a talker, you will not like the conversation to stretch beyond what is unfavorable to you.
Introverts are quite good listeners, a quality that stands them out, over their extrovert counterparts.
With this unique quality, you easily pick up pointers that give you a clue, on how to make your next question interesting, in your chat.
If you also listen, with apt interest, to what appears to spark interest in others, there is the high likelihood that, you discover experience and values that you both share.
A high tendency exists that, your meet up, can generate a financial benefit. A connection gets sustained, when you share something similar.
Asides from you throwing the questions, you should also be ready, to be served the same, as it is natural for a conversation to go two ways.
This does not have to be hard for you, to make a reflection of what interests you. With this clarity, you could be confident in engaging chats.
Get The Cards, But Focus On Relationships
Do not get it wrong. The goal of networking, is not to obtain the most business cards, or, other means of contact, rather, it is an avenue to build relationships.
As an introvert, an essential strategy to consider for successful networking, is to focus on what ought to be a priority.
Introverts tend to perform better in small groups and it is easier for them, to make the exchanges of contacts, rather, than walk the length of the room to get contacts.
To make it easier for you, set your goal of meeting one or two people that you are ready to strike a meaningful and lasting relationship with, rather than, putting yourself in the unnecessary pressure of wanting to meet everybody.
Do Not Prolong The Conversation
You are an introvert and you find yourself in a conversation, during a network session, whether you initiated it, or, not, you do not have to be deep in the chat, as you may lose course.
Have a strategy that would make you continue the conversation, via contact that you have exchanged, or, meet over a cup of coffee, at a later date.
A simple way, is by expressing, your appreciation for the time spent in the conversation and express your interest, in willing to continue the chat some other time, only after you have exchanged contacts.
As an introvert, you ought to be mindful of overstaying yourself in a conversation, when there are better means, to maximize your introvert strength in networking events.
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