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The Perceptions of Others
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The Challenges of Networking and Socialising
What introverted leaders said about the challenges of Networking and Socialising
Positive Approaches to Networking and Socialising
  What introverted leaders said about how they make Networking and Socialising work for them
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Positive Approaches to Networking and Socialising:

  • focus networking on 1:1 situations rather than groups

  • if you have the choice, arrange to meet people for coffee or lunch as it will be shorter and more conducive to a one-to-one discussion

  • recognising that your reaction to walking into a crowded room of strangers is common to introverted leaders and that you are not alone

  • having a sense of being ‘in role’ can help when networking

  • reading the attendance list and targeting a few important contacts

  • visualising and mentally preparing for an event: perhaps preparing a list of interesting conversation topics before going

  • setting personal challenges, such as making five new contacts before you leave the room

  • initially focusing on people you already know, while you adjust to the surroundings

  • nurturing a few good clients and contacts rather than spreading the net more widely

  • asking questions to let others do the talking

  • looking out for those who are not part of larger discussions and latching on to them

  • offering to facilitate small workshops or group discussions - this can give you a clear role and the opportunity to be visible without having to resort to social chit-chat

  • carefully controlling the amount of time spent in networking situations and recognising that you do not have to be ‘there’ for the whole time

  • explaining in advance that you will have to leave early

  • simply choosing not to go to dinners.