Networking is an essential exercise for professionals, which is why we’ve made it a core component of the Project 30 ethos. We realize that it’s not an easy thing for introverted team members to do. With that in mind, we share the following tips to help our more reserved associates make valuable contacts:
- Be Your Best Self: If you’re already somewhat hesitant to forge connections with new people, you need to be at your best to have more confidence. We remind our Project 30 introverts to get plenty of rest the night before any big networking event so that they’re ready to make effective pitches.
- Ask Open-Ended Questions: Keeping the other person talking is perhaps the best strategy an introverted team member can use when networking. Open-ended questions are ideal for achieving this goal. They also bring the added benefit of uncovering common ground with a potential contact.
- Discuss Outside Interests: Talking about business can add pressure to the networking process, especially if you’re on the introverted side of the spectrum. Discussing subjects such as sports, favorite TV shows, and even the weather can act as effective bridges to more productive discussions down the road. These topics also help you quickly find shared interests on which to build stronger connections.
These strategies work well for introverts who want to add to their contact lists.