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Do you think of yourself as introverted? Does the thoughtof networking make you giddy and anxious?
I just read this super short article on overcoming your naturally introverted nature to embrace professional networking.
The article had three points, two of which really resonated with me (the first and third points).
1. Accept your introversion. It's not a malady! you just prefer the "inner world of ideas".
Solution? focus on one-to-one conversations with individuals, rather than group situations.
2. Don't be afraid to initiate conversation or reach out.
Solution: Understand that people are usually happy to talk to you, just start off with a smile ad an handshake and have a question or two prepared. And online networking may be the way to get you started, such as through Twitter.
3. Prioritize time to re-energise
For me this is a biggie, and the most important one. I've learnt that I recharge by being alone. I promise myself one entire day at home a week, usually Sunday. This article recommends being aware that you need time to recharge and to honour that by taking the time to do so. For example, don't rush from one engagement to the next. Give yourself half an hour between cocktails and dinner.
This will be great advice for those attending conferences!
Remember, networking can be highly beneficial to your career.
- Amanda Curnow