Networking advice especially for the introvert begins with finding a way to overcome that fear but not like most would tell you. If it wasn’t a fear you wouldn’t have to confront it and probably wouldn’t need networking advice to begin with.
If you are a shy introvert who has a difficult time in and around crowds I’ve got some networking advice you can take to the bank and actually succeed even if it scares you to death.
Here’s a couple of situations you probably have a difficult time with. First scenario is attending a large event with lots of people you don’t know. If you’re shy you’ll probably look for someone you know and/or head to the corner to hide. I mean, I’m not a fan of crowds. I don’t particularly like to be around large groups of people especially if there’s no room to breath. I guess you could call me claustrophobic.
My solution is to slice the crowd into smaller pieces. I’m going to head back to the area where I checked in and ask if there’s a business owner I know that might be there, one I’m looking to connect with, or a business, or an industry.
The odds are I can find someone to introduce me to that person. This slices and dices the crowd to one person.
One more scenario. You’re at a large event that has food, maybe tables setup for you to eat. Perhaps they’ve allowed for time to mingle and network before the event begins. The first thing you should do is secure your seat at a table. Make sure you consider where the table is located. For example, my back isn’t what it used to be so I tend to sit at a table near the back of the room with a seat that allows me good visual to the speaker. Should I need to leave early or stand I won’t disturb the event.
But, the same thing applies that we spoke about earlier. Check in with the person at the attendance table. That person is your best friend.
Finally, walk around the table where you’re seated and say something to every person. It’s polite and customary to do this and you shouldn’t have a problem. At least that’ll help you meet a few people before the event begins.
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