“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou
When it comes to networking events, it can feel daunting to start conversations with strangers–especially if you’re an introvert.
On the upside, meeting people and connecting can build your list of business contacts. You might even meet someone you truly want to know and work with. In fact, a random meeting can often lead to a great relationship.
Yet even with all the great benefits on the table, networking can still prove challenging.
Especially if you’re not a natural socialite. Or—like me—a total introvert.
It can feel pretty scary to put yourself out there, since to do so means allowing yourself to be vulnerable. Yet, being “real” is what often makes those networking connections worthwhile. The art of “making small talk” doesn’t come easy for everyone, but there are ways to make it, if not effortless, at least enjoyable.
Whether you are an extrovert that loves being center stage, or an introvert that would rather be home with your nose in a book, you can be great at networking.
Here are some tips on how to embrace the “social butterfly” in you.