Networking is essential for thriving in business. For introverts with a natural aversion to groups and talking with strangers, this can feel very daunting. Try these things tips to make the most of your unique style:
Focus on individuals. Group interactions can drain the energy of introverts. Spend networking time with one-on-one conversations.
Rethink how you reach out to people. Introverts are often reluctant to introduce themselves, but social media makes it more accessible. Connect with people through LinkedIn before events. This pre-introduction may make a meeting in person more comfortable.
Re-energize. Take time during networking events to recharge. Go for a short walk or find 15 minutes alone (make sure you return to the event).