Introverted Leadership Toolkit
Managing Energy
The Perceptions of Others
Managing Your Profile
Leading Teams
One-to-one Relationships
Networking and Socialising
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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What introverted leaders said about how they make
Networking and Socialising work for them:

  • “I am known for my extensive networks. I tend to maintain these through "real" one-to-one relationships nurtured and developed over years. I spend time with people one-to-one rather than "working the room" which doesn't fit my natural style so well.”

  • “In big events/conferences, I try to orientate towards people I know initially to make myself more comfortable with the surroundings.”

  • “I cope with ‘circulating’. I look for someone who isn’t in a closed circle and then I “make myself” go and talk to them.”

  • “Planning ahead: if I do need to ‘work a room’ or make my presence felt in a particular setting, I plan in advance and give myself targets. So I am very purposeful. For example I will read the attendance list and decide who to target.”

  • “I prepare and think what I need to do. I visualise how I will do it. In a way I have kind of cross-hatched this from sport – it is like visualising the shot.”

  • “I sought out and took speaking or chairing slots at external events to gain experience and raise my confidence in a neutral environment.”

  • “I can do the social things much better in role.”

  • “I try to meet people for breakfast, coffee or lunch rather than dinner as I am likely to be less tired.”

  • “Explaining in advance that I will need to leave early (eg at social events). This gives me the option to leave if I get too drained and tired, without embarrassment. If I have more energy than I expected and it turns out I can stay longer, then nobody bothers that you'd originally said you'd go! This saves having to make awkward excuses to leave.”

  • “Actively planning something else to do when there is a large dinner or something, and then giving those I'd really like to talk to the option of coming with me!”