Sunday, November 06, 2005

Business Networking for the Shy Girl

Business Networking for the "shy girl" (or guy)

Here is part of a posting from my web site: www.networking4introverts.com :I never thought about business “Networking” much before the last five years. However, looking back, there were points where the knowledge and advantages of good networking could have seriously advanced my career, and made me more successful in my job.If I had only known then… But now I am a “master networker”! And I would like to share with you some of the things that I have learned. Maybe they will help you too.My biggest problem: I am shy. Now, there are people who find this hard to believe, but until a few years ago I had a really hard time in social situations. I would get nervous, shaky, and when I did talk—I would ramble.

So, I avoided those social situations at all costs! As an expert-introvert, I was able to ride a long way on my hard work, fast-learning and natural leadership abilities. But this is not enough!

There are millions of you out there—just like me. The kind of person that goes to the networking event, (because we know it is important), quietly gets a drink and then spends the next 45 minutes desperately seeking out a friendly face from a safe distance from the crowd. I can’t tell you how many times I left after 30 minutes having not spoken to anyone!

** Read the rest in "Confessions of an Introvert - The Shy Girl's Guide to Career, Networking and Getting the the Most Out of Life.

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