Ok, I get it starting a conversation sometimes with people you do not know can be hard. This is what I hear from most introverts when it comes to networking. An introvert is a shy, reticent person. Basically, someone who is quiet or reserved. I am a firm believer that networking is important for your business growth, a lot of positive relationships and collaborations come from networking. According to review42.com eight five percent of corporate positions are filed through networking, ninety-five of professionals consider face to face communication vital for long term business. Here are four networking hacks that will help introverts with networking.
Network Using Social Media
With us living in interesting times with COVID-19 networking has also changed as well. There are little to no physical events going on to decrease the spread of the virus. With that being said most of everything that we did in person we are no doing online such as networking events, conferences, workshops etc. Social media is a great way to connect with people that you don’t know but would like to meet, reconnect with people that you haven’t be in contact with in a while. The best part about using social media for networking as an introvert is you don’t need to have a face-to-face conversation, Commenting on your connections status or sharing a post goes a long way and can be the most influential way to get a conversation started. As always you want to have a plan when networking so do your homework before you start.
“Social Media can provide a conversational extension to a B2B company’s nurturing programs. Social Media gives us the opportunity to humanize our communications and make our companies more approachable.” Ardath Albee
According to orbelo.com there are 3.5 billion social media users worldwide. Facebook is the most popular social media platform. 90.4% of Millennials, 77.5% of Generation X, and 48.2% of Baby Boomers are active social media users. Users spend an average of 3 hours per day on social networks and messaging.
No matter what one of the best ways to make an authentic connection is to have one-on-one conversations. As I stated earlier, I know we are living in interesting times and again networking may not be a strong point in your are an introvert. However, these tips will help you make connections are grow your network. This type of networking can also be done online if in person face-to-face is not an option. There are platforms such as Zoom and Streamyard to name a few.
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Angelita is a business coach & networking expert. A seasoned entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience. Angelita helps female entrepreneurs gain clarity and structure so they can propel, scale, and grow their business.
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