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How to network as an introvert or an extrovert?

If you’re an introvert, you might dread networking events. You’re not alone – introverts make up a large portion of the population. And while it may be easier for extroverts to network, that doesn’t mean that introverts can’t network effectively. Networking is critical to success in any field, and it can be especially daunting for introverts and extroverts alike. The good news is that there are ways to network effectively no matter your personality type.

For introverts, the best way to network is typically through email or other written communication. You can also deepen existing connections by attending networking events and listening more than you speak. It’s important to be visible, but don’t force yourself to be the center of attention. Extroverts, on the other hand, should never stop networking. You can make connections easily and quickly, so take advantage of that by being visible and outgoing. The key is to be intentional about your networking and make sure you follow up with people after meeting them.

One thing that is true regardless of your approach, the more you do it, the easier it will become. By following these tips, you can network effectively and build the connections you need to succeed. And you never know – you might end up even enjoying it!

The benefits of networking

Networking is a key part of any business or career. It can help you make important connections, find new opportunities, and develop important relationships. But what are the benefits of networking, and how can you make the most of it?

Here are a few benefits of networking:

  • Helps you build relationships

  • Helps you learn about new opportunities

  • Helps you gain exposure for your personal brand

  • Helps you build up your confidence

So get out there and start meeting new people, you never know who you might meet or what new opportunities might come your way.

Networking event tips for introverts and extroverts

One of the best things you can do for your career is to network - but it can be tough to put yourself out there, especially if you're introverted by nature. However, networking doesn't have to be daunting - there are ways to make it work for you.

Regardless of what side you're on, the following tips apply:

  • Be prepared to ask and answer questions - when you're talking to someone new, ask them questions about their work and expect the same question asked of you.

  • Be aware of your surroundings - you never know who's listening.

  • Focus on quality over quantity - it's better to have a few meaningful conversations than to collect a bunch of business cards.

  • Follow up after the event - send a LinkedIn request or an email to keep the conversation going.

Here are a few tips on how to network, whether you're an introvert or an extrovert:

If you're an introvert, this can be easier said than done. Here are a few tips to help you network like a pro, even if you're not the most outgoing person.

  • Make a list of people you want to meet before the event so you don't feel overwhelmed.

  • Plan to arrive early so you can scope out the room and find a quiet corner to chat in.

  • Prepare some conversation starters ahead of time.

  • Bring a friend, this way, you'll have someone to talk to and you won't feel like the odd one out.

If you're an extrovert, networking can be a breeze. You probably have no problem striking up conversations with strangers and making new friends. But even if networking comes naturally to you, there are still a few things you can do to make the most of your extroverted personality and stand out from the crowd.

  • Be yourself. Don't try to be someone you're not. Extroverts are known for being outgoing and personable, so just be yourself and you'll be sure to make a good impression.

  • Talk to everyone. You never know who you'll meet at a networking event, so don't be afraid to talk to everyone. You never know who might be able to help you in your career.

  • Be a good listener. Even though you have no problem sharing, listen and really connect with the other person.

  • Be a champion. Let your leadership shine and talk to those that may seem less engaged to drive inclusivity.

Make the most of networking opportunities

To make the most of your time be sure to have a good elevator pitch prepared. This is a short, concise summary of who you are and what you do. It's important to be able to articulate this quickly and clearly. First impressions are important, so you want to make sure you're mindful of putting your best foot forward. So dress for the occasion, when you look good you are more confident.

Take the time to really talk to people. Find out what you have in common and see if there are any ways you can help each other. By taking the time to build strong relationships, you'll make the most of your networking opportunities and build a great foundation for future success.

Final thoughts

There are many ways to network, but the best way for an introvert or extrovert to network is by following their natural tendencies. For introverts, this might mean attending small, intimate events or connecting with people online. For extroverts, this might mean attending large events or volunteering for a cause. However, the most important thing is to be genuine in your interactions and to follow up with the people you meet.

When it comes to networking, it's important to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. You never know when you might meet someone who could help you take your career to the next level.

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