Up your networking game if you’re an introvert (infographic)

Networking events can either be exhilarating or stressful depending on how much you enjoy meeting and greeting, if at all. For many, such events bring on a stress-induced panic attack verging on a total mental breakdown. If this is your experience with a networking event, then you might fall into the introvert category. The famous psychologist, Carl Jung, proposed introversion and extroversion were the distinguishing factors of a personality.

Being an introvert certainly has its benefits, but if you need to connect with people to build your small business, having fine-tuned networking skills is essential. The hardest part for an introvert can actually be the final decision to attend a networking event. If you are deciding whether to attend a networking event, you should research who will be attending and start planning some talking points. Then you will have invested some time and energy towards the event and more likely to actually attend.

When you finally arrive at the event there are some things you should keep in mind and put into action. People typically love to talk about themselves and particularly to discuss anything they are proud of. Take advantage of this aspect of human psychology by complimenting others and inquiring about their successes. In fact, psychologist Abraham Maslow places social belonging in his hierarchy of needs above physiological needs like food, water, shelter and safety.

The tips from GetVoip below will not likely eliminate all your networking fears, but implementing these tips to network more effectively will be a giant leap forward. Put these pearls of wisdom into action when you attend your next networking event. Heed the advice of those who have built connections at very similar events and have reached the top of the totem pole of success. The 42nd U.S. President Bill Clinton suggests, “Make the other person feel important.” However simple that may seem it is obviously a crucial component of social interaction and networking.

Networking Tips for Introverts

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