Networking certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Our introvert friends out there may find it an especially daunting task. The good news? Anyone can be good at networking. And everyone can get more comfortable with networking. All you need is a good strategy!
Don’t be an ice cube. Ice cubes are cold. They melt, disappearing into the space around them. Eventually, it’s like they were never even there.
Be an ice breaker! Strong. Bold. Confident. Oddly charming. Carve your own path on your networking journey with these tips:
Be prepared. For introverts the four most terrifying words in the English language are most certainly, “Tell me about yourself.”
There you are, deer in the headlights.
Introverts hate ambiguity. The vast openness of that question does not sit well with an introverts thirst for well defined direction and expectations. But you know it’s coming. Embrace it. Practice it. This is a great time to whip out your elevator speech with a little extra personal touches.
Be a connector. As an introvert, you may find it difficult to assert yourself. Get warmed up by introducing two mutual connections in attendance you know would make a great connection. Not only will your reputation as an influencer grow, but you’ll get a burst of confidence as you slowly dip your toe into the networking waters.
Be strategic. We’ve got your number, introverts. Thirty minutes into networking and your mind is ready to check out and recharge. Instead of taking a seat and getting out your phone to avoid further conversation, seek out another seated guest. They may be in the same boat as you. Introduce yourself and just the break from the “crowd pressure” may be enough to put you at ease.
Ready to try your hand at breaking the ice? Join us at our next Nashville Locals event – we’d love to meet you!