10 Tips for Introverts Who Want to Network

Getting comfortable with a traditional networking group can be a bit challenging for introverts, but with practice and patience, it's entirely possible. Here are ten strategies to help introverts feel at ease in networking situations:


Set Realistic Expectations

Understand that not every interaction has to result in a deep connection or immediate friendship. Networking is also about building acquaintances and professional relationships.

Prepare and Research

Before attending a networking event, research the attendees or topics to have conversation starters ready. This can help ease anxiety about not knowing what to say.

Practice Small Talk

Develop some small talk topics and questions to break the ice. Ask about their work, interests, or recent experiences. Be genuinely curious about their responses.

Set Goals

Define clear, achievable goals for each networking event. For instance, aim to exchange contact information with two new people or learn something valuable from a speaker. One great tip is to pull your cell phone out and make a commitment to leave the meeting with one follow up on your calendar already scheduled!

Arrive Early

Arriving early can make it easier to start conversations with a few people before the event gets crowded, making it feel less overwhelming. But if you can’t at least arrive. Just like riding a bike practice makes perfect and you will be better at this the 3rd and 4th time than the first.

Use Online Networking

If in-person networking is too intimidating, consider starting with online forums, social media groups, or virtual networking events. It allows you to engage at your own pace.

Listen Actively

Introverts often excel at listening. Use this skill to your advantage. Show genuine interest in what others are saying, and they will appreciate your attention.

Practice Self-Care

Ensure you're well-rested and have taken care of your basic needs before the event. This will help you feel more comfortable and less stressed. And remember the old but true adage you only have one chance to make a great first impression. 

Leverage Technology

Use networking apps or LinkedIn to connect with people you meet. This way, you can continue the conversation at your own pace later.

Join Smaller Groups

If large events are too overwhelming, seek out smaller, more intimate gatherings. These settings often allow for more meaningful interactions.


Remember that networking is a skill that improves with practice. Over time, you'll become more comfortable, and it'll become easier to make connections and build relationships, even as an introvert. With the right attitude and approach you may even grow to enjoy it!

(Admin) Denise Disney

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