Networking for Introverts


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Whether you are an introvert or not, this workshop will help you increase your networking skills.

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  • What does being introverted mean to you?
  • 10 questions. If you answer 7+ you are probably an introvert.
  • Learn to optimize time spent with your ideas so you can be persuasive as possible when networking situations arise. Focus on speaking to one person at a time. I used to think that people wouldn’t want to meet me or even that I would make them uncomfortable. I learned over time that extending my hand with a smile and an introduction that my effort would be reciprocated. And hey, go ahead and just ask them about themselves to ease in to it and take the pressure off you! (Social Media has made this a lot easier! If you’re going to a conference, try emailing people first and let them you you’ll be there too and that you’re looking forward to meeting them. The “pre-introduction” makes things easier on the day-of. Take some time after your breakfast networking meeting and your next meeting.
  • This will help you connect personally!
  • How can an introvert join a conversation already in progress? Choose 1 cluster of people. Focus on 1 person. Ask, “Can I join you?”
  • How do you gracefully leave a conversation?
  • Grab a natural pause (or even an awkward one) in the conversation and say …
  • It’s been a pleasure, but I have to head out. How can I stay in contact? (Don’t say that last part if you don’t mean it)
  • Factor in energy preservation and quit time
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  • Networking for Introverts

    1. 1. NETWORKING For Introverts
    2. 2. In this workshop, we will: • Discuss and demystify introversion • Articulate the advantages introverts have in the networking process • Share tips, approaches and strategies to make your networking experiences more fruitful and less stressful
    3. 3. Firm handshake
    4. 4. Introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you
    5. 5. Find someone with the same color eyes as you Ask that person about their favorite food
    6. 6. After you receive the answer, ask probing questions - How often do you get to eat X? - Where is your favorite place to eat X?
    7. 7. What does being introverted mean to you?
    8. 8. Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?  I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities  I often express myself in writing  I require alone time after spending time with friends  I seem to care less about wealth, fame, and status less than my peers  People tell me I’m a good listener  I’m not a big risk-taker  I enjoy work that allows to me “dive in” with few interruptions  I enjoy celebrating my birthday with a few people, rather than a large group  I prefer not to show my work until it’s finished (or nearly so)  I tend to think before I speak
    9. 9. Common Myths About Networking • Blurting things to strangers • Giving a hard sales pitch • Bragging • Being someone or something you’re not • Having the perfect thing to say • Handing out your business card to everyone in the room
    10. 10. Top Tips • Learn to appreciate your introversion • Don’t be afraid to be the one to reach out • Prioritize time to re-energize
    11. 11. Things You Can Do Without Even Trying! • Wear a piece of jewelry that other people will want to comment on or compliment .
    12. 12. Adding Value to Existing Relationships 15 % of your networking effort is devoted to meeting new people 85% of your networking effort is devoted to strengthening and reviving existing relationships
    13. 13. Networking Conversation Starters The Classics 1. Hi, I don’t know too many people here, so I wanted to introduce myself. I’m [name] and I work at [company]. 2. So, what do you do? 3. So, what brought you here today? 4. How’s your day going? 5. What’s your story?
    14. 14. Networking Conversation Starters Location, Location Location 1. I can’t stop eating these [food item]. Have you tried them yet? 2. How did you hear about this event? 3. It’s so [hot/cold/stuffy] in here. 4. I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed by the wealth of information here today. Is there anything in particular that has stuck with you? 5. What a [beautiful] venue. Have you been here before?
    15. 15. Networking Conversation Starters The Newsworthy 1. What do you think about [insert topic]? 2. Wow, I just can’t believe all the crazy headlines today. What a week! 3. Any chance you read the news today? I missed it, and I’m dying to know what’s happening with [insert news topic here]. 4. So, was it a pain for you to get here? 5. Did you catch the game last night?
    16. 16. Networking Conversation Starters The Totally Random 1. Any chance you know a great [sushi] place around here? I’m not familiar with the area, and I’m headed out to dinner after this. 2. Hey, aren’t you friends with [fill in random name]?
    17. 17. How do you gracefully leave a conversation?
    18. 18. It’s been a pleasure, but I have to head out. How can I stay in contact?
    19. 19. Famous Introverts
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