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Tips and Tricks for Networking as An Introverted Man

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Introverts may not thrive and reenergize in a roomful of people, but there are still ways to use networking to your advantage. This article will cover why networking is essential and how introverts can make networking more comfortable, manageable, and natural.

Why is networking important?

As an introverted male, you may shy away from networking. However, try not to be too hasty with this – there are many advantages you can gain from being intentional about networking.

  • Advantage #1: Enhance Your Social Well-Being

Humans are social creatures. Research shows that we need to engage with others for our mental, emotional, and social well-being. Networking with other professionals and businesspeople will not only enhance your business acumen, but it will also improve your social well-being. Networking is a two-way process of giving and receiving, making it an excellent foundation for solid connections. So, meeting people with whom you have something in common can enable your happiness to thrive.

  • Advantage #2: Increase Your Confidence

Typically, introverted males prefer not to be the center of attention. Introverts spend most of their time alone, thinking and pondering over their thoughts. This solitude can inadvertently stifle one’s sense of self. Imposter Syndrome might start to creep in. By discussing your passions and interests, with others, you will become more confident in the value you bring to the world. Networking will help you become better at conversing with people and enable you to form new professional relationships over time.

  • Advantage #3: Develop Your Support System

Networking can often lead to mentorship, empower you to offer your advice, and help you gain the professional support you need to flourish. For example, a brief conversation at a business social or a networking event could blossom into a new career opportunity, new clients, or new collaborators. By being intentional about surrounding yourself with people who are experts in their industries, you will be privy to a wealth of professional advice that can enhance your potential for professional growth. Then, when you need assistance, you will know exactly where to turn.

Ways To Make Networking Comfortable, Easy, and Natural

Now that you know why networking is vital to your personal and professional development, here are a few tips and tricks to help you seamlessly incorporate networking into your already busy life. Just because you recharge your batteries alone doesn’t mean you can’t use networking to your advantage.

  • Tip #1: Set A Goal

We all know that setting goals are the basis of success. So, to be successful at networking, set a small goal to make networking part of your weekly or monthly schedule. Plan to attend an in-person or a virtual event where you know that people in similar spheres of influence hang out. When you attend a networking event, aim to engage in a meaningful conversation with at least two people.

  • Tip #2: Know Your Script

Networking events are designed for people to connect and share information. The goal is for both parties to converse and enlighten each other on what kind of value they bring to the business community. When it’s your turn to speak, you need to know what you will say so you do well and prepare your script ahead of time. To be memorable and separate yourself from your colleagues and competition, your 60-second commercial, elevator pitch, or Powerful Marketing Script should include your name, title, name of your company, your ideal client, and why you do the work that you do.

  • Tip #3: Prepare Your Questions

It’s natural for your mind to go blank when you’re nervous or uncomfortable, so preparing a list of questions or subjects you want to discuss beforehand can be a great way to help you get through that moment. Having a few questions prepared can help you start a conversation without thinking of something on the spot. Additionally, discussing things you are passionate about and finding common interests with your networking friend will make the conversation more pleasant, natural, and memorable.

  • Tip #4: Bring Your Wingman

If you are attending an in-person business social or networking event and you don’t want to work the room alone, bring your best wingman along for some much-needed support. Having a colleague or friend with you can encourage you to meet new people and secure critical introductions. However, beware not to spend the whole night with your wingman. You both need to get out there and mingle with the people. Then, after the event, you can discuss all the great connections you made.

  • Tip #5: Identify Other Introverts

As an introverted man, you may be able to spot a few others in the room. These may be the people who stand by the food station, bar, or simply in the corner of the room. Introducing yourself to someone like yourself might make it easier to strike up a low-key conversation.

  • Tip #6: Create Your Own Event

If you want to push yourself, try to organize your own event. For example, invite a small group to a quiet coffee shop and get to know the people better. Choosing your own venue and inviting specific people can help you control the environment, thus reducing your anxiety and helping you feel more comfortable, confident, and at ease.

In summary, networking is one of the most important skills you can master. However, as an introverted male, networking can be challenging because it stretches you outside of your comfort zone. This article offered six practical tips to make networking more comfortable, easier, and natural. Remember to set your networking goal, know your script, prepare your questions, bring your wingman, find other introverts, and create your own event if you’re daring. Act on these tips and make an extra effort to conquer the networking scene today!

Credits: Jevonya Allen M.A. ED

Author, Business Consultant, Networking Coach



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