F earless Networking for Introverts and Extroverts
"Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and
career success."-Paul J. Meyer
Networking - what is the purpose of networking? Is it something
that you view as an enjoyable part of marketing or as a drudgery?
Is it something that you schedule regularly or avoid whenever possible?
Do you understand how connecting to others can be an asset to your
business and/or career? There are techniques to enjoy networking
effectively whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or a centrovert.
There is no way one can succeed without the aid and support of
others who believe and trust in what you do.
Networking is one of the most powerful tools to help you get
what you are looking to achieve. Whether you are looking to find
a new job, a venture capitalist, building a business, growing your
career or running for office, networking gives you the jump-start
you need to win.
To touch a little on the subject of introverts versus extroverts,
both can be experts at networking despite wide beliefs that introverts are withdrawn and shy. It has been shown that whereas extroverts like to talk to think, introverts think to talk and are reflective; extroverts like to increase and expand their network, introverts like to focus and go deep; extroverts energize with others socially, introverts energize
by taking time out.
Neither being an introvert or extrovert is good or bad. Most of us
are a combination - aka centroverts - with a propensity toward one or the other.
Having self-awareness to your preference will help you understand
why you approach networking the way you do. It will support you in
networking to a higher level as you move forward, resulting in more
effective relationships with colleagues, building referrals, and getting
introduced to new connections.
Upcoming: Networking tips for introverts and extroverts