When it comes to making new connections, introverts get a bad rap, in spite of the fact that introversion and shyness are not the same thing. While extroverts are the life of the party, introverts do better in smaller, more intimate settings, and they tend to be better listeners and more inquisitive than their extroverted counterparts. Shyness is more about being socially awkward because you fear the judgments of others.
In terms of networking, though, all three personality types can benefit by heeding several bits of advice. That’s according to Jacqueline Whitmore, etiquette expert and author of “Poised for Success: Mastering the Four Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals.” Here’s what she says you need to do to make the most of networking opportunities and garner valuable connections.
Whether you hate networking or love it, a few key tactics can help you make important connections.