Ideally, social events are fun and you'd have no problems going, mingling with friends, and having a good time. Professional networking events, vendor-sponsored dinners, or conferences however can be a nightmare. If you're an introvert, both scenarios sound awful. Here's one way you can make those events tolerable.Photo by Silicon Prairie News.
Over at Dumb Little Man, Ali Luke shares six great tips for introverts to get into the networking game, whether it's at a dinner party hosted by a friend or a professional event where everyone mingles after a speech. Among the items on the list, taking some time to prep for the event is probably the most useful tip. Getting directions early, knowing the dress code beforehand, carrying business cards, and keeping a few breath mints on hand are all great ways to be prepared for anything, and to feel more confident walking into the event.
Also on the list are tips like looking for other shy people and remembering to talk slowly as to not appear nervous. We've also discussed a few networking tips for introverted people in the past. What are some of your best tricks for keeping cool in nerve-wracking social situations? Let's hear them in the comments.
Six Easy Networking Tips for Introverts [Dumb Little Man]