Many people are tentative about networking, and understandably so. It isn’t easy to approach and initiative conversations with strangers. What if the other person rejects you? What if the two of you have nothing in common? For the most part, however, the unease surrounding networking is more uncomfortable than the activity itself. These are the Revolution Marketing & Management guidelines we follow when connecting with others:
- Begin With Email: Always a helpful resource, the internet is a good platform for reaching out to others when the pressure of in-person contacting is a bit too overwhelming. It’s especially useful for introverts. The next time you want to get to know someone, send him or her a brief email. Introduce yourself and start an informal exchange. After you’ve built some rapport, you can approach the subject of a face-to-face meeting.
- Focus on Expert Networkers: This method is an Revolution Marketing & Management favorite. Instead of trying to engage lots of people during a networking event, we prefer to connect with the person. The extrovert with lots of charisma is likely to introduce us to the rest of the party anyway. We observe and learn from this individual while he or she helps us ease into group conversations.
These techniques offer immediate and lasting benefits – even for introverts.