Networking Tips for Introverted People – From Meetings to Marketing


To succeed in your career, you need networking tips – especially if you’re an introvert! Here’s how to navigate meetings and marketing for people with introverted personality traits.

Before the tips, a quip:

“Most Americans, whether introverted or extroverted, have learned to look like extroverts,” writes psychologist Laurie Helgoe in Introvert Power.





However, 57% of the U.S. population are introverts or have mostly introverted personality traits – which means that most of us are ignoring our true personalities! For more info on introversion, read Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength by Laurie Helgoe.

And, here are networking tips for introverts who want to be more successful….

6 Networking Tips for Introverted People

Introverts have an inward focus, don’t enjoy being the center of attention, and find groups of people draining. Introverts are private people, and would rather be at home alone or with another person or two than at large parties or events.

Are you an introvert? Take this Test for Introverted Personality Traits.

1. Meet clients one-on-one. If you’re an introvert, you find that groups of people drain you of energy and may even make you feel uncomfortable. Instead of networking at work parties or in large group settings, create ways to network with individuals. This tip for networking successfully may take more time (talking to colleagues in large groups provides more opportunities in a shorter amount of time) – but you’ll find yourself making more meaningful connections and achieving your professional goals.

2. Reward yourself for overcoming obstacles. If you bite the bullet and network at a work function, find ways to pat yourself on the back later! Get a massage or see a movie in the middle of the day — whatever your version of “reward” is. The more positive associations you create when you overcome obstacles, the easier stepping outside your comfort zone and making new contacts will become.

If you think networking is one of the best ways to move your career forward, you’re right! Read Why Doing a Good Job Won’t Get You Ahead at Work.



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3. Network with other introverts. A great tip for networking successfully is to find like-minded folk. It can be draining for introverts to spend time with extroverts. Recharging your batteries includes spending enough time alone, connecting with people who understand you, and accepting your personality type.

4. Connect with extroverts. As an introvert, you may find it challenging to achieve your professional goals because success requires other people (and most introverts like to work and be alone). Extroverts enjoy making contacts, meeting people, schmoozing, and working the room at all types of functions…and thus make excellent business partners and work colleagues for introverts. This can be a healthy, symbiotic relationship for both sides (most extroverts don’t enjoy working on tasks that take them away from people).

5. Learn how to make small talk. This tip for networking successfully for introverts can be learned quite easily! Making small talk is a skill that you can practice at home, around the water cooler at work, at family functions, and standing in line at the grocery store. Small talk helps you get to know colleagues and clients better – and lets them know you better, too. Never underestimate the power of small talk!

6. Find creative ways to market yourself. To achieve your professional goals, you may be okay with leaving your comfort zone and doing the “extroverted” thing: making speeches, teaching classes, running meetings, or even making television or radio appearances. But if your introverted personality style prohibits you from taking those risks – or if you just don’t wanna – then you need to find other ways to network successfully. Try making online appearances (eg, teleseminars or podcasting) or using your website or blog to attract new clients. If you find ways to succeed that revolve around your natural personality traits, you won’t lose yourself in your quest for success.





Here’s another article that can help you take your career a step farther: How to Convince People to Say Yes – 5 Persuasion Techniques.

Are you an introverted personality type who hates networking? Comments welcome below…


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34 thoughts on “Networking Tips for Introverted People – From Meetings to Marketing

  • Laurie Post author

    Meeting clients one-to-one is one of the best networking tips, whether or not you’re an introvert. Personal relationships are amazingly effective for your career.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Hello Jerry,

    Thanks for your comments, and for your link to more tips for networking successfully for shy, quiet people!

    One thing I’ve noticed lately is that social media (Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook) is totally draining me. I didn’t think that online interaction is just as exhausting for introverts as in-person interaction is, but it is.

    I just want to write. And answer comments on Quips and Tips!

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  • Jerry

    @Laurie
    Very helpful and informative. You set down some really great guidelines to commit to action. Being an introvert myself, having steps to follow in a systematic manner seems to make networking a little easier.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Hmmmm….thanks for your thoughts on introverted and extroverted personality traits, Ann! I don’t agree that personality traits aren’t important, though…I think personality can override what you want and how you want it.

  • Ann

    What a thread and what opinions. I can just laugh. Someone defined the people on introvert and extrovert and then everyone is following the definition and how one or the other is successful or not. How come people do not get it? Has nothing to do with your personality but what you want and how you want it! For God’s sake people 🙂 I am an extrovert and introvert too, in different situations with different people. What about it?

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Kikie,

    Yes, it’s definitely possible for two introverts to fall in love and get married! I’m an introvert, my husband is an introvert, and our marriage is better now than the day we married five years ago.

    It sounds like there’s more going on with your boyfriend than “just” being an introvert. If he doesn’t like who he is, then it doesn’t matter if he’s introverted, extroverted, or a Martian.

    The issue isn’t your personality traits, I don’t think. It’s his self-perception.

    Maybe letting go of him is the healthiest thing you can do in the long run, as heartbreaking as it is in the short run. Maybe he needs time to learn how to love and accept himself. Until he does that, he won’t be able to loe and accept anyone else.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Laurie

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Dear Lei,

    I’m so sorry I missed your comment! You asked a fantastic question.

    Let me know if you’re still around — if you are, I’d be happy to give you my thoughts.

    My short answer is no, I don’t think pretending to be an extrovert will get you what you want. You CAN find happiness and fulfillment as an introvert!

    Laurie

  • Kikie

    Hi Laurie,
    Is it possible for 2 introverts to fall in love and get married? My boyfriend decided that we should separate because we are both introverts and will only be sad. Is this true? Well he is an unstable introvert and I am stable but, it has occurred to me that he hates himself for being an introvert. I am hurt.

  • Lei

    I’ve been looking up a lot of information about being an introvert. Your articles are helpful in recognizing that I am a definite introvert. I do feel that your article is suggesting that introverts behave more like extroverts. No, I am not attacking your article or you however, it seems that introvert personalities are less likely to get the same job an extrovert is also applying for. Employers seem to only want people who will socialize with anyone. Most jobs are sales, sales need representatives, these representatives need to be outgoing, energetic, talkative to secure sales. Now where does that leave the detail-minded, punctual, articulate, diligent introvert? I can honestly say that I only landed my current job because i pretended to be an extrovert on that interview…I was in desperate need for a paycheck! No 3 years later I am miserable, but can’t quit because jobs that suit me are hard to come by. To sum it up, would you agree that pretending to be an extrovert is more likely to get you what you want?
    –confused

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Hi Jay,

    Thanks for your thoughts — I haven’t met many people who went from extroverted to introverted (except for one friend of mine!). I like your encouragement for people to know themselves, be themselves, and make conscious decisions to act. Good advice! 🙂

  • Jay

    Hi all
    The subject of introverts and extroverts has always been interesting in many fields and Laurie’s articel certainly hightlights many things that introverts encounter. I am an introvert but was once an extrovert. Yes, this can happen. What changed me it is not important but what the change has done for me is to to experience both traits. My occupation involves numerous networking and presenations and the pre-anxieties before either of these events are massive [inc’s extreme shyness]. How do I get through it all? By making a conscious decision and having the insight of self. We can read as many books on self halp as we want, but at the end of the day, it is up to the self to make the difference. Know thy self, accept thy self and if you really want to do something, make a conscious decision.

  • NotBoringatALL

    Thanks for the advice Laurie!

    Im slowly realizing to let things evolve with my family. And
    That is a great tip on socializing, I will keep trying. I’m thankful for the way God made all of us!

    Best Wishes Introverts!

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Also, NotBoringAtAll, to socialize successfully and meet new people, I suggest doing things that expand on what you love to do alone. For instance, I belong to two book clubs and I enjoy them so much. I get to read and talk about the books — and I love hearing others’ perspectives on the characters, plots, themes, etc. So, joining groups that revolve around your interests is a great way to meet people and get out of the house. It’s also a great networking tip for introverts! 🙂

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi NotBoringAtAll,

    Thanks for your comment — I’m glad the introvert and extrovert articles helped! You sound like me; I am comfortable and enjoy being with others but just for short periods of time), but I love love LOVE my time to myself.

    Congratulations on your girls, I hope the birth is wonderful.

    Regarding your questions: your family doesn’t necessarily need to understand you to love and accept you…and it may be futile to try to get them to understand you! Instead of trying to explain yourself and your introverted personality traits, it may be better to adopt a “live and let live” and a “let me be” policy — in a light-hearted, friendly, loving way. That’s what I do 🙂

    Regarding your question about a successful relationship, my answer turned into a whole new article called “Extroverts and Introverts in Love – How to Build Strong Relationships”. To read it, click on this link:

    Extroverts and Introverts in Love – How to Build Strong Relationships

    I’m not sure I understand your question about being too focused on him….if my article about building strong relationships doesn’t help with that question, please ask it again here or there. I definitely think partners can be too focused on each other and need “spaces in their togetherness” (a quote from the poet Rumi).

    I hope this helps!

    Best wishes,
    Laurie

  • NotBoringatALL

    Hello Laurie,

    I too had a struggle a couple weeks ago and came across introverted and extroverted personalities. Your articles are such a relief to hear and I am thankful for the work that you are doing, Thank you.

    Im glad to finally found a name for me instead of weird, nonsocial, stuck up, quiet and BORING. Im introverted and have been all my life, I normally have no problem making friends because as strange as it sounds Im very outgoing also. I say what I think, I can strike up a convo and I love to particiipate in lots of activites. But I absolutely love my time to myself. I love to sleep, movies, think, research, etc. But my family has a problem with it because their extroverts obsivously!

    No doubt, Ive struggled with this, but Ive came to accept to be without certain people. I still wonder If my mom understands me. Im the oldest and my other two siblings are exactly alike: can’t stand to have a moment silence or be alone and it drives me crazy…lol

    I now stay in another state (I believe now, i moved to get away from them). I’m in a serious relationship, we have a 20month old and one on the way. 2 girls:-) But, my relationship with my boyfriend who I thought was like me when I met him, is struggling. He is constantly talking: He talks to his friends and family for hours…….everyday. If not talking on the phone, he is on facebook for hours………..I need him to socialize because I like to have time to myself. But I wish he would go out more and do his socializing. Im not a phone person which is why i believe my relationships suffer (but I can’t help it.) Its annoying for a person to want to talk, text, email, twitter, or whatever they do on phones now. Just come over and visit! or go out and visit.

    Being a mother,Lack of finances and oppurtunity keeps me in the house more than I like now, so my friend supply is really dry.I don’t have family or old highschool friends where we live. My family and friends or over 8 hours away. So I know that some of these issues have to do with me not having the access that he has. But since reading your articles, I feel he is extroverted.

    My questions are: can extroverts and introverts have successful realtionships? How can I socialize better and get my family and friends to understand me? Am I too focused on him and need to get a grip?

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    I’m glad this info about introverted personality traits and successful networking helped, Total Relief! SO many introverts think there’s something wrong with them…when there’s not.

    And I’m glad you mentioned “introvert guilt” — I wrote an article on that, at a reader’s request. We shouldn’t feel guilty for needing and wanting to spend time on our own or limiting our social interactions.

    I’m with you on the quality versus quantity thing, too…

    Thanks for your comments!

    Laurie

  • Total relief

    This page was a revelation. I’ve been trying to refocus myself since completing university and going out into the workforce only to find that I couldn’t (for the life of me) figure out why I so readily preferred standing back and thinking deeply in comparison to those around me who socialised at work drinks etc. There was a moment where I thought, ‘am I really just socially awkward?’

    Through my alone times, I’ve gone from putting on the ‘face’ (where I’d normally shoulder a successful extroverted front) to finally being able to realise that it’s okay to be enjoy being alone. Putting on the successful ‘face’ eventually lead to so many invitations to social outings that I honestly started to feel rather drained.

    To top it off, there was a period about a month or so ago where I honestly thought I had some sort of social phobia because I so thoroughly disliked associating with large groups of people but your post as really put things in perspective.

    In any case, thank you for putting this up. I just want to add that for those people who feel ‘introvert guilt’ about not socialising when society has conditioned you to thinking that you should, I’ve found it handy to consider the concept of quality versus quantity. I’d pick quality any day 🙂

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Hi Anna,

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having issues with your extroverted and introverted friends — and especially sorry to hear that it feels like the end for you!

    One tip I have is to remember that you need to do what makes you feel most comfortable. It doesn’t work for you to talk to everybody and pretend to have fun…so you need to stop doing that. Your friends’ advice might work for some people, but it doesn’t work for you.

    You might try to figure out what the issues you had with your friends. It sounds like you got along well with them. What changed? Getting to the root of that might help you reconnect with them as friends, or make new friends.

    I also suggest finding natural ways to connect with people. That is, if you like reading books then you could join a book club. If you like doing puzzles or playing games, see if there’s a bridge or Pictionary group in your area. Focus on the activities you like doing, and you’re more likely to meet people you have things in common with. Plus, when you’re doing things you like, you feel good and are happy…and this makes you awesome to be around!

    I hope this helps a little…

    Warm regards,
    Laurie

  • Anna

    Hi Laurie,

    Professionally I am fine.. I could have all business talks.. I was the top sales telemarketer.

    But in social life I am struggling.I have 2 best friendz that all ppl i talk to in my residence. But I think 1 extro and one is intro, but both understand me very well. When I talk to them, I talk to them 4 hours.. and enjoy tat. But lately had issues with them.. It feels like end of life..

    Their advice to is to talk to everybody, when I had issues with my frz. I tried talking to everybody , but i know deep down i was faking it… and pretending to have fun when i am actual not.. Any tips would be helpful..

    Thanks,
    Anna

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Hi Lost and Introverted,

    There’s nothing wrong with getting professional help to improve your social skills and self-confidence! If you weren’t taught to socialize successfully, or if it doesn’t come naturally for you (socializing doesn’t come naturally to most introverts), then how will you learn it?

    Making conversation, networking, and being comfortable with people is a skill that takes practice. Some people do it naturally — just like some people are natural musicians, mathematicians, writers, actors, gardeners, etc.

    So you’re not a natural conversationalist or people person…it’s OKAY! It sounds like you’re tired of not having people skills, which means it’s time to start developing them. You’re in a good spot, my friend. Making conversation — making friends — is something you can learn.

    You could talk to a counselor if you think there are underlying issues that are hampering your ability to socialize. Or, you could take a “how to socialize for shy people” course, workshop, or retreat (or something along those lines). Or you could do both (counseling and a people skills class).

    Your university might offer both types of help — you’ll have to do a little digging to find what’s available. You know what your problem is, you know the consequences of that problem…now you just need to find the solution!

    One last thing: my mom gave me Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” book when I was about 13. I was mildly insulted at first, but as I read it I realized how valuble it was! If you can find a copy of that book, I highly recommend it.

    One more last thing: it’s great to be introverted — I wouldn’t try to change your personality traits. You don’t want to be a different person; you just want to learn how to make conversation, make friends, and make your way up in the music world.

    Good luck, Lost and Introverted….and may you be Found and Happily Introverted soon! Feel free to come back anytime, and update me.

    All best,
    Laurie

  • LostandIntroverted

    Hey Laurie,

    Well…I have to say your article is inspirational. I’ve just transferred to a California college, finishing up my associates, and working on transferring to the university. I’ve been here about a year and have no friends out here. Within this past year I’ve become very familiar with my personality (or lack there of), and my ability to make small talk or even talk at all around people is non-existent. My major is music, and when I transfer I will be focusing on Music Industry Studies and as an introvert this terrifies me. For example, I was invited to go to a “party” for a kinda big music group here in LA, this group has worked with many huge signed artists and I was going to intern for them. It was a pool party at a very very nice hotel in downtown LA. I arrived on time, gave the woman who invited me a hug and walked around introducing myself to people. I told myself before I went to this party that I was going to introduce myself to a couple people, which was a huge hump to pass in itself.

    So, As I walk around the party and introduced myself to all the “beautiful” people, I got very little responses some even walked away when I’m talking. After a few times of this, I texted the lady who invited me and said “I’m sorry I have to leave, I have an appointment.” She never responded back and I never heard from her again. To this day I think about all of this and it frightens and disgusts me at the same time. WHY CAN’T I MEET PEOPLE? It’s so frustrating to not have social skills and I am even considering “professional” help to deal with it. My lack of people skills has been detrimental to me my entire life, in high school, middle school, and even with family. Everyone always says “What’s wrong with her?” When I go into my room, or in the corner and listen to music, when there are large groups around. I’m a friggin hermit!

    You know…Now that I sit here and think about it, I’ve been successful in waitressing, not that that is a huge accomplishment, but that takes people skills. Even in job interviews I’m very successful. I just don’t understand why can’t I socialize…

    I’m sorry for the long post, or should I say venting spree, but I’m very confused and frightened that once I get my degree I will be too scared to use it. Thanks Laurie.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Thanks for commenting, Roger. I was the same way, always thinking that introverted personality traits are negative or “bad.” I, too, remember taking personality tests and manipulating my answers so I could be somehow better — more outgoing, friendly, cheerful, or happy! If only someone had told me that it’s okay and even wonderful to be introverted…

    Good for you, for realizing that you’re an introvert. The ssoner you accept and embrace yourself for who you are — and realize that you’re normal — the better off you’ll be! You’ll be free to achieve your goals in a way that feels right to you.

    I’m glad this article helped — and I hope you keep learning about how wonderful being an introvert is 🙂

    Laurie

  • Roger

    Hi Laurie,

    This article and many others that I’m reading today make me feel a little scared but alot better at the same time. I am the son of a great salesperson who has written books on Closing and is a renowned trainer in the sales industry. My entire life, I have looked at intorverts with a negative connotation because of the fear of becoming less successful in the sales industry.

    Now, I find myself at a crossroads and have recently uncovered the fact that I have been running from the fact that I’m introverted. I can recall the first Introvert/Extrovert test I did in high school. Thinking back on it, I desperately wanted to manipulate it like I have many others to make it appear that I’m extroverted when I wasn’t.

    Last night, I attended a young professionals event that my wife has started. As overwhelming as it was for me, I stood up and went. I became so overwhelmed that I felt I had to address this issue today and find out once and for all how introverted I am. This was the second test I took and both have come back as I expected, extremely introverted.

    Reading your column and tips so far have really rang true in my head and make me feel alot better about it though. Great column and I will keep reading along. Also, you can email me updates if you like.

    Thanks,
    Roger P

  • Laurie PK

    Good questions about introverts — let me answer the second one first, because it’s easier!

    Yes, I believe there IS a point when introversion (or any personality characteristic, habit, thought, or activity) becomes a mental health issue. It may or may not be a clear, identifiable point in time — because though there are tipping points, many mental health issues and life problems grow gradually (not all at once).

    If your introverted personality characteristics are causing you to have trouble with normal everyday life, then there’s a problem. If your introverted traits are affecting your health, then there’s a problem.

    Precious, my answer to this turned out to be so long, I turned it into an article! It’s called When Introverted Personality Traits Become Problematic. Here’s the link: http://theadventurouswriter.com/blog/quipstipsachievinggoals/mind-soul/when-introverted-personality-traits-become-problematic/

    Regarding your first question (“Is it common for introverts to function in the far extreme of extroverted and introverted qualities?”)

    I don’t have research data to back my opinion, but I believe most introverts are in the middle of the “Extremely Introverted” and “Hardly Introverted At All” scale. I’d say that there are few introverts at the far extreme — and I’d also venture a guess that they may not be as emotionally healthy as those in the middle of the scale. We need connection and human contact to stay healthy, no matter how introverted we are.

    Precious, I admire your thoughts of seeing a counselor to get it straight! I saw a counselor for a year, and I often wish I could go back to her. It’s such a luxury, to be able to talk about who you are and solve your problems with a trained professional. Caveat: you have to connect with him or her to make counseling effective.

    One last thing: when was the last time you took a vacation? Sometimes totally unplugging from your job, home, community, and even your friends is enough to energize you for another few months, or even a year. Take a weekend or week-long retreat to recharge your batteries. When I do that, I come back hungering for human connection — which is so healthy!

    I hope I’ve helped, I thank you for your questions, and hope to hear from you again!

    Laurie

  • Precious

    Laurie,
    Thank you for your article and for “reaching” out to the introverted community. I understand that most people have both extroverted and introverted traits, but I’m feeling a bit “schizo” in reference to those extremes (so much so that I’m thinking about seeking counseling). I am an actor, director, stage manager, professor of theatre, etc. (and enjoy what I do). So, as a result of my work, I seemingly spend most of my time with people. Yet, this time is rather tolerable because I’m in my artistic element. But, outside of that (with the exception of my family), it often takes what feels like all the mental & physical strength in me to deal, communicate, and socialize with others – even my close friends. When I do have down time, I can stay in the house for days. I enjoy being “out” at times, but become easily drained when I see students and associates and have to talk (thank God I’m not really famous :)). When I feel like I have to “act” like a true extrovert, the effort is particularly exhausting because I feel I’m “working” when I do not want to be working. Now, I said all of that to ask two, quick questions. Firstly, is it common for introverts to function in the far extreme of extroverted and introverted qualities? Secondly,is there a clear point where introversion becomes a mental health issue?
    Thanks

  • Laurie PK

    I wonder how you figured out that I’m an introvert? Even people who know me in “real life” often think I’m extroverted, because I have no problem making conversation and being with other people. I like people, and I like spending time with them.

    But, I’d prefer to be by myself or with just one other person, and I get drained when I spend too much time with others.

    People with introverted personality traits often think they’re weird or abnormal, until they learn that it’s just one way of being.

    Thanks for your comment, introverty! You hit the nail on the head. And if there’s a specific aspect of introverted personality traits that you want to read about, please let me know. I’d love to research and write about it.

    All best,
    Laurie

  • introverty

    lol. when u were asking the readers to guess whether u r an introvert or extrovert, i knew exactly somehow you are an introvert. too bad chris didn’t see that angle. 😉

    well wat i can say is kudos to u for this article. i’m amazed that such psychology research exists. really it feels good that you’re not alone in this world. 🙂

  • Laurie PK

    Thanks for your comment, Cassie! You’re right: most of us have a combination of introverted and extroverted personality traits.

    I don’t think introverts “have no lives” — in fact, I believe just the opposite. Introverts often have rich, deep inner and outer lives…especially if they accept and are comfortable with their personality traits. Fighting or being ashamed of introverted personality traits can be unhealthy.

    Cheers,
    Laurie

  • Cassie

    ok if u think about it everyone is both an introvert and an extrovert. either ur 99% an intro and 1% extro or the other way around we’re all different. u make it seem like introverts are just shy ppl or something who have no lives or something. watevs.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Good question, Richard! But no, I don’t think introverts have a less chance of succeeding at businesses that require networking, schmoozing, connecting with people, etc. In fact, I know an extraordinarily successful investor (corner office, more clients than he knows what to do with, set for life early, etc) who has extremely introverted personality traits. He may have had to learn how to network successfully – it may not have come naturally – but it’s definitely possible for introverts to be successful.

    In fact, I’ve just finished reading “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. Of all the qualities that makes a person successful – personality, family, culture, decade born, education opportunities – not once did Gladwell mention introverted versus extroverted personality traits. He mentioned charm and the ability to connect with people…but that’s not an extroverted personality trait.

    Richard, I would never suggest changing to be extroverted — it’s insincere, inauthentic, and likely to drain your spirit, energy, and personality! You’d be living a false life…ugh.

    Rather, I’d encourage you (and all introverts) to capitalize on your strengths. I’m a TOTAL introvert, so I understand how hard it can be to interact and connect with others….but I also know how important it is to build business skills that will help you succeed.

    If you have any specific questions – such as a particular trait that you feel is “holding you back”, I’d be happyto give suggestions to get around it!

    Thanks for your comment, I always love hearing from fellow “innies”! 🙂

    Laurie

  • Richard

    Hi, Laurie. I think your article is very helpful. But would you say introverts have less chance of being successful in things like running own businesses – in real estate field or in sales just to name some examples – than extroverts? It seems to me that extroverts enjoy much more advantage than introverts because of their ability to connect with people and hence achieving goals much quicker. Do you think introverts need to be really extraordinary to be successful at entrepreneurship – if so, is there a way to ‘change’ oneself into an extrovert??

  • Laurie PK

    Thanks for your thoughts, Chris! I’m an introvert, and I wrote this article (I feel like I’m at an AA meeting). I’m also an entrepreneur – a freelance writer. A businesswoman.

    I don’t think any of these ways to network as an introvert encourage people to act like extroverts. For the first tip: Meeting clients one on one is NOT an extroverted way to act. Extroverts like groups – often, the bigger the better.

    For the second tip: to be successful at networking (and networking is crucial to most businesses), professionals need goals – whether they’re introverted or extroverted.

    For the third tip: If you have to force yourself to network, then you might as well be networking with like-minded folk — other introverts!

    For the fourth tip: Connecting with extroverts doesn’t mean you have to be like extroverts, it’s just another way to network.

    For the fifth tip: Knowing how to make small talk isn’t an extroverted OR introverted personality trait. It’s part of being an effective human being both professionally and personally.

    For the sixth tip: finding different, creative ways to market yourself as an introvert has nothing to do with becoming more extroverted.

    It may be more difficult for introverts to network, but we don’t have to become extroverted to be successfully professionally!

  • Chris

    So your solution for introverts to network is to act like an extrovert? I guess you forgot the part about us being introverts to begin with and that’s why we don’t act like extroverts. It reads like an extrovert wrote this article. Am I right?

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