Countless times I have heard “it’s not about what you know, but who you know.” I have found this statement to be very true. I have landed three different jobs simply because I knew the right people. Networking is an amazing tool that helps you connect with all sorts of different folks.
Networking can sometimes be a very intimidating word for shy people. At events you are expected to walk up to random strangers, introduce yourself, and strike up a conversation. If you are an introverted person by nature I would like to offer a great tip to help make networking easier. My best piece of advice if to ask people about themselves. Everyone’s favorite topic is to talk about their passions, hobbies, their families, and life.
While this sounds like an easy feat, you may be asking, well how do I get someone to start talking about themselves? You can do this by simply asking their name and what they currently do for a living. Then you can transition into looking for a common point of interest. Do they like the outdoors? What is their favorite movie? Do they have pets? Anything that you might be interested in discussing further. By opening up to more personal discussions you then become more memorable & relatable to the person you are speaking with.
As you sharing and gaining information about the people you are networking with you should consider how you can help them. This is an important key in the process of networking. If you can find that connection, where you can provide something positive for them, the relationship will blossom with ease. Networking should never be about just you, it should be about how to benefit both parties.
In the end, have fun meeting new people, and learning about them. When you are learning about someone else it takes the pressure and focus off of you. This ends up making it easier for those introverted individuals. Look for an opportunity to try these tips at your next networking event!!
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