The Interesting Introvert: Networking for People Who Hate Networking

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  • 1. @MDMusgrave #OHSAtweets The Interesting IntrovertNetworking for People Who Hate Networking Matthew D. Musgrave, M.Ed. Residence Hall Director Kent State University INFP
  • 2. @MDMusgrave #OHSAtweetsWhat is an Introvert? Obviously, opposite of an extrovert/extravert Inwardly-reflective Drained by large social gatherings Energized by alone time Fewer close friends “Think to talk” Famous Introverts: Einstein, Da Vinci, QE2, Carson, Buffet, Roberts, MLK, Jordan How do you define your introversion?
  • 3. @MDMusgraveWhat is networking? #OHSAtweets The art of building, maintaining connections for shared positive outcomes Allows you to establish relationships; build trust  People hire people they know and trust Opportunities are all around!  School, conference socials, meals, and parties  Standing in line  Sitting on a bus, subway, or airplane  Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn); e-mail
  • 4. How Networking is Intimidating What makes you nervous about networking? “Forced” conversations  Making the initial connection  Seems disingenuous (only there to “put your name out there”) Having to talk with dozens of people in order to have made an impact Physical/Mental exhaustion  Dealing with stress @MDMusgrave  Mental “over-processing” #OHSAtweets
  • 5. @MDMusgraveStart Small #OHSAtweets “Drill deep” – establish connections early on through email; social networking  Focus on schools that you feel would be “best fit”  Send prospective employers clarifying questions to assess that fit  Narrows your focus  Prepares you for your interview  Social networks are where employer shows “true colors”  Twitter hashtag conversations (#SAchat; #SAgrad) Join regional, national organizations  Attend and volunteer at conferences
  • 6. @MDMusgraveLarge Group Networking #OHSAtweets Unavoidable part of networking Relax! You are not on display (even though it may feel that way) Don’t worry about the interview – focus on relationship building Look and feel your best – confidence is key! Set realistically achievable goals  Reward yourself for achieving these goals Bring a friend, but don’t use him/her as a crutch
  • 7. @MDMusgraveStay Small #OHSAtweets Thrive in a one-on-one environment  Schedule 1:1 lunches with prospective employers, connections  Connect with other introverts – they will be happy to not have to extend themselves Arrive early  Make connections before groups form, solidify Connect with others in a quiet environment
  • 8. Be a “Host,” Not a “Guest” “Guests” wait to be told what to do; where to go “Hosts” focus on, attend to the needs of others  Reduces shyness; feels more genuine; not an imposition  You can assess what an employer’s needs are; address how you can meet them Compliments help to break the ice Use “inviting” body language – SMILE!
  • 9. @MDMusgraveSmall Talk #OHSAtweets If you’re prepared, you won’t have awkward gaps of silence  Ask questions that interest you  Practice answering those questions as well, be detailed, but not overly so  Examples  What have you enjoyed most about this conference? What did you enjoy about it?  What brought you to this conference/session? LISTEN – don’t get distracted watching for other chances to network
  • 10. @MDMusgraveFollow the ROAD #OHSAtweets Relationships – Who is important to them (friends, family, co-workers)? Occupation – What do they do in their role? Activities – What do they do for fun (outside of their position)? Drive – What motivates them? What do they most like about their work? You don’t have to be the life of the party, just be yourself!
  • 11. @MDMusgraveTake Breaks! #OHSAtweets Easily the most important advice – AVOID BURNOUT After 2-3 conversations, take 5-15 minutes to simply sit and catch your breath  It can be more/less, depending on how you feel  Write thank you notes  Jot key info on business cards – useful for follow- up  Text a friend for encouragement  Check email, voicemail, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • 12. @MDMusgrave #OHSAtweetsEnding the Conversation It’s okay to move on!  Networking is natural in our field  Social events at placement – people expect you to do this Don’t use the bathroom excuse unless that’s what you need to do Be honest Thank them (by name) for the conversation, shake their hand and get a card  “I promised myself I’d circulate the room, but it’s been great talking with you. Do you have a card?”  “I’m sure you want to connect with other people tonight, so I’ll let you go. Do you have a card?”
  • 13. @MDMusgraveAfter the Event #OHSAtweets Don’t beat yourself up over missteps Follow-up with the people you met within 1-3 days  Let your email fill in the gaps that you missed  Create the opportunity for further connections Reward yourself for your accomplishments Take a deep breath and relax – you overcame a huge hurdle