I hear this often. Let me see … you can talk … you can listen … I have news for you, you can network!
But wait! You say that isn’t the problem, you just don’t like the environment you have to be in to network. Too many people! I get it, you’re probably an Introvert. Introverts generally hate networking … crowds, small talk, social gatherings, all are overwhelming! One-on-one is better but can still be uncomfortable.
At social events or Chamber of Commerce luncheons, I find myself approaching those I know rather than stretching myself to meet those I don’t. Often I feel like the lone person in the centre of the room with groups of chatty people all around me.
If this is you, an excellent resource is the book, “Networking for People Who Hate Networking”, a field guide for Introverts, the overwhelmed, and the underconnected, by Devora Zack. If you have a distaste for networking but know you have to do it, I really recommend it.
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