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Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2022
By: Hailey Heimbach
Categories: General

Five Ways to Fight Networking Nerves

 

You Are Perfectly Normal 

Susan Cain, author of Quiet, says one third to one half of people fall along the introvert spectrum. Networking is “not their happy place” because introverts prefer fewer stimulating environments. The best strategy for introverts is to find the least noisy place in their room and try to engage in one-on-one conversations. 

 

Avoid Siberia 

Avoid the back of the room – networking Siberia. It’s a cold and lonely place. The entrance to a room is the best place to meet people or start a group. From the prime location you’ll see people as they arrive. Renew acquaintances and make new ones. 

 

RX For a Clammy Handshake

If you have a sweaty handshake, it’s most often a function of nervousness. The best advice is to do more networking. It’s not unlike public speaking, the more you do, the easier it gets.


Energized or Exhausted

Introverts often feel networking events haven’t been successful because they are exhausted by the end of the event. All that overstimulation is hard on introverts, but it doesn’t mean that those interactions were not meaningful. Enjoy some post-event quiet time, and then do your follow up the next day.

 

Read the Fine Print

Nervous for an event because you don’t know what to wear? Invitations may give you guidelines on appropriate dress for an event. ‘Business’ is different from ‘Business Casual’. ‘Business’ is a suit and tie for men and for women it is a professional attire. If the invitation says, ‘Black Tie’, do not come in a sports jacket. Dress appropriately and feel confident. 

 

Courtesy of 88 Positive Networking Tips Shepa Learning Company

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