Most experts on networking agree it’s a two-way street—a way to build relationships rather than foisting yourself, your business cards, and your wares on everyone who crosses your path. Despite that, lurking in our collective unconsciousness is the notion that networking is about using people and getting used. Following that logic, if you’re an introvert—or someone who is more stoked by solo activities than social activities, why would you want to dive into a mosh pit of slick people shaking down one another for leads when you could stay home and read a book?
“By nature, I am a reserved person and I lack the gift of the gab,” says Vinay Kumar, who just wrote a guest column titled “Networking for Introverts” for the Washington Post. “I don't know much about sports and I am not into small talk. Yet being in business development, networking is part of my job.” Check out the four simple networking steps Kumar offers in his story. I’ll add some more tips to help introverts build their professional networks:
Take stock of who you knowand who you want to meet to build up your professional network—online and in person.
For more tips and insights to make your networking efforts easier—and some fun stories too—check out my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®.
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