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An Introvert’s Guide to Networking

I learned the critical importance of networking, and discovered my natural aversion to it, early in my career. I was a new college graduate working in the strategic planning division of a $10 billion company, and our business unit had been invited to a retirement party for one of the top executives. The gentleman retiring was someone I’d looked up to during my brief tenure, and I wanted him to know he’d made an impact on me.

While I wanted to attend the party, as an introvert I usually avoided these types of events because they made me uncomfortable. Knowing there would be a lot of senior executives at this party made me even more fearful. In the end, I tamped down my fears and went. When I arrived I found a relatively empty room save for the executive’s friends and close colleagues. That night, because of the small turnout, I had the pleasure and advantage of engaging in one-on-one conversations with some of the company’s top executives, an experience that would prove crucially important in advancing my career.

That evening I learned the importance of networking and realized I had to figure out how to engage in business events in ways that were comfortable for me. I went on to discover an array of strategies introverts can use, ultimately writing “The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership”.

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Five Mistakes Preventing You from Standing Out at Networking Events

If you feel like you’re not getting your time or your money’s worth, it could be because you’re not leveraging the opportunity well enough. And the good news is it might not be all that hard to improve your ROI.

The first thing you’ll want to do is check if you’re guilty of the five most common mistakes people make introducing themselves while at networking and social events. After all your answer to the age old question – “what do you do?” – can either create an opportunity to stand out, attract attention, and get referrals or be a boring snooze and lost opportunity.

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