Networking Tips for Introverts or How to Break The Ice Without Fear of Falling Through
“Networking Tips for Introverts or How to Break The Ice Without Fear of Falling Through”
By: J. Glenn Ebersole, Jr., Founder & Chief Executive of J. G. Ebersole Associates and The Renaissance Group ™
Do you “freeze up” when you are in a room full of people with some great networking opportunities? Are you timid, shy, and bashful around people at business and social gatherings? If you admitted that this description fits you, please understand that you are not alone. Introverts are one group of people that are really affected by this freeze up. Mention “networking” to introverts and the introverts may freeze up and become the “ice” they need to “break” in networking.
What can be done to address this situation? I thought about this and developed some tips I would give to introverts on networking. Here are my six tips on networking for introverts to prevent “freeze-up”:
1. Think of it as research to gather information, not networking.
2. Bring a friend and work as a team.
3. Start small talk with an interview style of open-ended questions:
What’s new with you? How did you like the speaker?
4. Think of yourself as a host, not a guest.
5. Prepare an action plan before the event.
6. Be yourself and find a natural style that works for you.
Do you consider yourself an introvert? Or do you believe you could benefit from some coaching on effective networking techniques? If you said YES to either question, please contact me through my website at www.renaissanceman4u.com or by email at email@example.com so we can discuss how to become an effective networker.