Going to networking events, career fairs, or similar places can be overwhelming. Who do you talk to? What do you say? Find an extrovert friend to attend with and let them break the ice, freeing you up to reflect on the conversation and speak up when the time is right.
- Let's face it, going to networking events…or conferences, or other big meetings,…can be overwhelming.…Who do you talk to, what do you say?…It all seems pretty stressful.…But you know who actually likes things like that?…Extroverts! (laughs)…One often-overlooked strategy is to link up…with an extrovert friend or colleague…and have them help you.…They actually enjoy going to events like this,…so it feels like a treat for them,…remarkable though that may seem,…and people like to be helpful, especially to their friends,…so if they know that they're being useful,…that is an extra plus for them.…
Meanwhile, you have the added benefit of a friend…right there with you, providing encouragement and support,…and someone who's eager to talk you up to the right people.…Sounds pretty good and pretty symbiotic, yes?…So here's how to do it.…First, it's important to identify the right extrovert ally.…There are some people who are wonderful,…but they are so extroverted…and get so turned on by socializing,…that they're liable to forget all about you.…
- Identify the essential feature of introversion.
- Recognize the primary personal cost to consider when prioritizing network events.
- Recall the key characteristic of a useful commonality.
- Explain how to manage social energy while still fulfilling obligations.
- Summarize how to meaningfully engage other introverts during a conference lasting an extended period of time.