3 Networking Tips For Introverts

Raise your hand if you’re an introvert! Keep it raised if you avoid networking because it exhausts you!

(You couldn’t see it, but my hand was raised too).

Fact of business life: If you want clients, you must network – even if you’re an introvert (and even if it exhausts you).

In this week’s marketing strategy, I share with you three tips on how to network effectively – all while maintaining a healthy balance so you’re not totally exhausted from the experience.

3 Networking Tips for Introverts by Jill Celeste, www.JillCeleste.com

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Fellow introverts, I am here to tell you: You can be introverted, attend networking meetings, and not feel like your head is going to pop off in the process.

How? First, you must own your introversion but promise to not use it as a crutch. Second, you need to set boundaries for yourself. And finally, you need to find the right networking opportunities for you.

I’ll go over each of these strategies in this blog post. Ready?

#1: Your introversion is not a crutch

I am being completely honest with you: I struggle with not using my introversion as an excuse to not network.

I love being at home, tootling away on my laptop and hanging out with my dog. Unfortunately, neither of these actions brings me a lot of clients.

I also know that attending networking meetings, conferences and other gatherings exhaust me. So, I want to avoid them because I am already a low-energy person, and I think to myself: “Why purposely put events on my calendar when I know they will fatigue me?”

Why? Because those meetings and events will help me meet my ideal clients!

So, when you’re feeling like you are using your introversion as an excuse, own it, and then push past it.

Introversion is a personality type and a way of life, but never an excuse to avoid activities that will help grow your business.

#2: Set boundaries

You know you’ll be exhausted after a networking meeting. You know you’ll be totally wiped out after a three-day conference.

So, use that knowledge to your advantage!

Promise yourself that you’ll only spend 10 minutes after the networking meeting talking to others and politely go home. If needed, block your calendar after the meeting for a nap or quiet time.

If you’re at an event, plan alone time – maybe during meals or breaks. Allow yourself to refuel your tank.

Exhaustion sets in when you don’t plan your “refueling time” and keep pushing through. Maintain those boundaries and you’ll have an easier time.

#3: Find the right networking opportunities

Every networking experience is unique. Some networking meetings are more traditional with elevator speeches and business card exchanges. Other networking experiences are more intimate with educational opportunities and online gathering spots.

My advice? Shop around and find the best networking group for your personality. When you like hanging out with the people in your networking group, you’ll enjoy going – and it won’t be so tiresome.

Don’t forget about virtual networking opportunities too. These groups meet over Zoom, so you’re essentially networking from home. In fact, I host a virtual networking group that you’re welcome to check out.

Virtual Networkers, hosted by Jill Celeste

One final tip: When you’re networking, just focus on one or two people per meeting. This will help you develop deeper relationships and will make networking feel more intimate. And it usually helps introverts feel less overwhelmed when you attend a meeting.

If you need clients, you need to network. It’s a fact of entrepreneurship. When you’re an introvert, networking can be hard, but if you implement the three tips in this blog post, you’ll find networking to be enjoyable and profitable – without totally draining you.


ABOUT JILL

Jill CelesteHi, I’m Jill Celeste. I teach purpose-driven entrepreneurs (just like you) everything you need to know about marketing so you can become the Director of Marketing for your business.

Because when you put your Director of Marketing hat squarely on your head, marketing is your number one priority (which will result in more clients!).

When I am not teaching about marketing, you’ll find me hanging out with my husband or my teenage boys, or taking a nap with my basset hound, Emma. I also like to play with my two guinea pigs and feed the backyard ducks (much to my neighbor’s chagrin).

Want to learn more about marketing? I invite you to get my book for free – just head over to www.ThatFirstClient.com. And don’t let the title fool you; it will help you get your first – or next – client. I am honored to help you! ♥

7 thoughts on “3 Networking Tips For Introverts

  1. Reba Linker

    Great tips, Jill. I really liked your tips on setting boundaries, particularly about scheduling refueling time after a networking event. This is a wonderful piece of self-care advice in more than just networking situations that I plan on integrating into my life. Thank you.

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  2. Andrea

    I have been working to add some regular networking opportunities into my schedule. Another thing I’ve found helpful is to share these opportunities with a business partner. While she is also introverted, we found that switching off table conversations at a recent book show helped us both be more effective. Thanks for a wonderful post.

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  3. Debra Oakland

    Great advice on setting boundaries Jill. This is an important step in moving forward in a positive way and makes doing business with people who support the us and the work we do much more effective and profitable.

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  4. Debra Reble

    Thank you Jill for this timely post. I used to not think of myself as an introvert, but being highly sensitive I do like my turtle time. And networking even on social media exhausts me! These strategies will come in handy as I do need to network in order to grow my business. xo

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