Building a diverse network of helpful professional contacts is essential for long-term success. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to do, though, especially if you happen to be an introvert. Here are a few strategies the more reserved members of Team Elite Dynamics use to expand their contact lists.
One of the most important things an introvert can do before a networking event is get a good feel for the venue. You can do some research online just to know what to expect, but it’s also a good idea to arrive as early as possible just so you’re ready to mingle as soon as people begin filtering into the room.
Listening more than you speak is another effective strategy for networking as an introvert. Asking open-ended questions is a great way to learn about potential contacts while also taking the pressure off you at the same time. Listening intently to the responses you receive is a sure way to make a lasting positive impression and home in on common ground.
It’s also a good idea to set realistic goals before you leave for a big networking event. Rather than collect dozens of business cards, Elite Dynamics introverts focus on having just a few meaningful discussions during industry functions. With modest goals in place, it’s much easier for a reserved person to hit his or her targets with confidence.
These strategies help our shier team members effectively build their networks. Check out the Elite Dynamics Newswirefor more of our best contacting tips.