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Empowered Networking for Introverts

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Does the thought of entering a room full of people horrify you?
Do you have challenge initiating conversations?
Do you find it tiring to be around lots of other people?
If you answered "Yes" to the above questions, you may be an introvert who has challenges at networking. I have practical tips for you in these slides, starting with attributes of the introvert. You too can be great at networking.

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Empowered Networking for Introverts

  1. 1. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e EMPOWERED NETWORKING for INTROVERTS • Is it true that introverts do not like to network? • Does the thought of entering a room full of people horrify you?
  2. 2. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k eEmpowered Networking for INTROVERTS "I can't hold a conversation." "I find it tiring to be around lots of other people." Do these statements describe you?
  3. 3. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e YOU CAN OVERCOME! “ Networking is a learned behaviour, very much like learning to swim or cycle. Most people are not born networkers - it does not come naturally to them. Equip yourself with the right mindset, education, training, exposure, and lots of practice, and you can become great at networking.” ~ MERVIN YEO Empowered Networking for INTROVERTS
  4. 4. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e • They think before they speak. They are thoughtful and prepared. • They focus on one thing at a time especially with the person they are talking to. • They are good listeners. They prefer to listen more than talk. • They are observant. • They make better decisions. ATTRIBUTES OF INTROVERTS Empowered Networking for INTROVERTS
  5. 5. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e INTROVERTS MAKE GOOD NETWORKERS In a networking session, would you prefer to mingle with someone who talks about themselves all the time, or someone who listens attentively? The introvert dislikes making small talk and do not have a loud sales pitch. As salespeople, they are more subtle than aggressive. Empowered Networking for INTROVERTS
  6. 6. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e Tip 1: JOIN SMALLER GROUPS Socialising in large groups may not work for introverts. Join small networking groups. Start small and gradually develop your networking muscle. Empowered Networking for INTROVERTS
  7. 7. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e Tip 2: ARRIVE EARLY Arrive early at the event or meeting when the crowd is small. You will find it less intimidating. This gives you time to warm up to the people and the environment. Empowered Networking for INTROVERTS
  8. 8. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e TIP 3: JOIN A REGULAR GROUP Pick a networking group which meets regularly. You may be quiet during the first few meetings, but you will start to see familiar faces. After several meetings, you will begin to feel more comfortable. Empowered Networking for INTROVERTS
  9. 9. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e TIP 4: BRING A FRIEND If you do not feel comfortable going to a networking event alone, bring along a co-worker, a friend, or a business associate. Empowered Networking for INTROVERTS
  10. 10. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e TIP 5: ASK QUESTIONS Capitalise on your strength of listening well by asking prepared questions. Be curious to find out more. Be totally present during the conversation. Listen attentively to their stories. Empowered Networking for INTROVERTS
  11. 11. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e mervin@mervinyeo.com How introverted am I? How can I be more confident in networking? MERVIN If you have any of these questions… Empowered Networking for INTROVERTS
  12. 12. O p p o r t u n i t y b e y o n d h a n d s h a k e Networking Evangelist, Speaker, Author Mervin Yeo, a contributing author in New York Times best- seller “Masters of Networking”, provides training, consulting, and mentoring to business professionals on purposeful networking and strategic referral marketing. A published author of numerous books, he lives and breathes, speaks and teaches the language of referrals. mervinyeo.com

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