Most people thing that when it comes to business, introverts are at the losing end as business success entails being able to reach out and communicate with clients, peers, and employees. The shyness or social awkwardness that is the trademark of introverted individuals may be a hindrance in reaching their goals but that doesn’t mean that their extrovert counterparts always have the upper hand.
When it comes to networking, these useful tips by Christina Desmarais can definitely help regardless of how uncomfortable you are in social situations:
- When attending social events, it’s not necessary to meet tons of people and stay the entire night, you can focus on making beneficial connections with 2 to 3 people in a short period of time.
- Have some go-to questions or icebreakers ready prior to attending an even to prevent awkward silences. It helps to do some research about the people who will be in attendance.
- You don’t have to do all the talking, learn to listen to people with the goal of learning something as well.
- Make a conversation personal by sharing your own stories and thoughts. Remember, this makes you interesting and memorable.