How To Successfully Network When You’re An Introvert

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Networking events can be scary at the best of times, and if you’re an introvert the thought of turning up at to an after-party may seem rather daunting, if not absolutely terrifying. But fear not! Here at CGD, we have devised a guide to help you plummet to networking heights with no sweat, no stress, and no terrifying you can’t sit with us moments.

Find a networking buddy

If you don’t feel comfortable entering crowded spaces on your own, it can be helpful to find a buddy to go along to networking events with. The worst part is always entering a room, and when you have a partner in crime it will feel far easier to approach people!

Get there early

Arriving when the party is in full swing is absolutely terrifying. Nobody likes walking into a room full of people, and if you’re not in the habit of doing that it may feel even more impossible. Get there early, and get chatting with the early birds!

Quality, not quantity

Remember that it’s all about the quality of interactions you have, not the quantity. It’s far better to establish meaningful connections than to acquire a long list of contacts you may never speak to again. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to anyone and everyone, that’s absolutely fine. Focus on establishing solid relationships with the people you do speak to!

Be well prepared

Everybody panics when people ask them that all important question: “So, what do you do?”. The best way to avoid this is to prepare how you’re going to present yourself, what information you want to get across, and how.

Choose carefully

A successful networking event doesn’t have to be an event filled with people. If you feel you would fare better at a dinner party or an event with only a handful of people, don’t force yourself to attend after parties and huge soirées. Go with what makes you tick.

Stay true to yourself

It may be tempting to try to come across as a people’s person, but if you really are the quiet and thoughtful kind, it’s always best to stay true to yourself. That’s what makes you special, and if you try to be something else, people can usually tell.

  • Erin

    Yes, yes, yes! I can 100% relate to this. I consider myself to be an outgoing introvert, so I generally feel confident in social situations. But these professional situations where there are so many unknowns- those self conscious thoughts start creeping up! I actually wrote a post on this not long ago-

    • Rashina

      Hi Erin, loved your post! I totally agree that dressing to impress can make such a difference, it’s like what people say about how smiling actually makes you feel happier even if you’re in crisis mode! I also read somewhere that it’s really important when introducing yourself to include both your first name and second name, because it sounds more authoritative and confident! Totally agree with the ‘doing your homework’ point- I’ve linkedin stalked so many people and even though I never really bring it up, it really helps to make you feel more comfortable! xx

  • Camille

    Urgh I am so so bad at this I hate talking about myself, but as I want to work in communication and events I should really start getting those like … network skills? Great post :) x

  • Emma C

    My networking and general communication skills are the worst, so these are really helpful tips! Great post X

  • Anastasia

    That’s actually very helpful! As an introvert myself though, I find it the hardest to actually get myself to an event – as soon as I get there, however, it all goes very smoothly and I become very chatty, almost as if I’m playing a certain role of a very cheerful girl. Two-faced, ha! :)

    • Rashina

      Hi Anastasia! Super glad you found it helpful- I think everyone gets a bit freaked out by these kinds of events (I’m the same with even simple things like getting to the gym, which I solve by ignoring what I’m about to do until I’m actually there!), but I think people often surprise themselves by how well they deal with it in the moment!

      • Anastasia

        That’s so very true, Rashina!

  • Benazir

    Absolutely agree with staying true to yourself! I get all nervous and worried because I’m constantly thinking of the right things to say to please them. xx

    • Rashina

      Agreed! I think it’s so interesting because it’s when you’re truly being yourself that you make the most meaningful connections with people!

  • Sarah

    This is super helpful. I’m quite introverted and always find myself dreading networking opportunities even though I know they’re a good thing to participate in. Thanks for these tips!

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