Networking Tips for Those Who Hate Networking the Most

July 7, 2015

Career Advice

14154227507_8cb318a166_zWe’ve already told you why networking is good for your mental health, but even that might not be reason enough to put yourself out there. Let’s face it — some people hate networking. We get it.

Standing alone in a crowd of peers is nerve-racking. Starting small talk with strangers feels forced. Sometimes you get trapped in a conversation you don’t want to be a part of. It can feel weird to talk up yourself and your skills. And trying to balance an appetizer while holding a beverage and passing out a business card is a juggling act.

But networking is a crucial part of your career success — especially when you’re in the middle of a job search. The Brazen Careerist did a great post recently on Networking for Introverts: How to Overcome Networking Dread. Even if you’re the shyest person in the room, you can still survive an event. Here is a summary of some of their top tips:

  1. Only go to networking events at places you enjoy. If you don’t like bars, don’t go to a networking event at a bar.
  2. Prepare some conversation topics. Study up on the featured speakers, the event space, or the guests and you’ll have some great conversation starters.
  3. Spend your energy wisely. You’re going to burn out at an event like this so take time to breathe before, during, and after the event.
  4. Don’t stay past your welcome. It’s ok to cut a conversation short or leave early. As long as you got what you needed out of the event, you’re off the hook!

Read the full article over at Brazen Careerist.

Image via Flickr/Dell Inc.


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