Many people are being extroverts / introverts and that they are certainly extroverted to be a successful network builder. In fact, both have natural strengths and weaknesses.
The intelligent network first understands where they are on the extroverted and introverted scale and takes advantage of the benefits (and works on weaknesses).
My first myth. Introverting makes it uncomfortable to meet strangers. The fact that everyone is uncomfortable with strangers. And that's okay. A significant part of networking is encountered by new people. We must understand that an extroverted or introverted person has nothing to do with this.
So what's the difference?
Two things really are.
- The interaction with other people
- Personal energy
Extroverts love to interact with groups. If you are networked and you see a group of 4 or 5 people (only one person) in a "court", you probably see an extroverted activity. Extroverters are bigger, bigger, hand gestures are much more pronounced.
The problem with extroverts is that we like to talk. Extroverts can be fun, keep the group together, provide energy, but do most of it. You will learn extroverted all sorts of things, but he can not learn much about you.
So it's important to get the extrovert back a bit. Learn not to "take over" the conversation, listen, listen to others when they talk, do not just wait patiently until they can talk again.
Introvert is not a person who has difficulties in the network. They have to do a little differently. Introverts, for example, excel one. Two people talk to each other about the perfect network environment. The introverts are more likely to renounce the conversation time than others but still have to learn how to listen properly, just like everyone else.
For an introvert, groups are unlikely to be in a comfortable environment, so if you have a group you want to talk to split from the stock! Take them and create a comfortable zone.
The other differentiator between the extras and the introductions is the energy level.
Think of a long business day. You're tired, but you have to go to some network event. Geesh!
The extroverted one on the one hand, while perhaps starting to seduce, starts energizing as the network event progresses. Extroverted basically receives energy from groups and gatherings. Extroverts typically keep the last night away!
Heck, as the event approaches, the extrovert can try to collect a group and get started for a beer!
Understand that the extrovert is likely to crash home. There is no longer a group that nourishes this energy, and in driving, fatigue retreats. That's okay. The extrovert just needs to look at themselves because it crashes.
However, introvertically essentially loses energy at group events. And if you have a long, hard day at your workplace, the last thing you want to do is networking.
So it's important to bring recharge. Sometimes between work and networking, stop somewhere else, make caffeine and sugar, maybe if you're left alone with your book, fill up the number, stop Starbucks or Mickey D and spend half an hour with yourself. If you go a little late, especially if you are now ready to dive into the network event.
Understand you can not keep up all the time. Find out what works for you. Do not make this excuse for leaving early (or not at all)! But try different things that help you get to the top of the game when you're doing a network. It would be much more productive if you were all "at all" for 2 hours at a 3 hour event, then physically there but mentally on the la-la earth for the whole event.
So find out where you are sitting on the extroverted / introverted scale and what your strengths and weaknesses are in networking. Modify your schedule or behavior to maximize networking to make you more successful and enjoyable.
The point is, if networking is a heavy drill for you, no matter who you are!