Dr. Renate Volpe, in her nugget cards entitled “Networking Tips” says:
“Introverts can network successfully too. They simply need to be more selective about where, when and with whom they associate.”
Quite frankly, I am always amazed when people look at me in absolute disbelief when I tell them this. Actually if the truth be told its then next bit of information that always gets them – you see I am an introvert! So now that everyone who fell down to the floor laughing has picked themselves up and dusted themselves off – the truth of the matter is that – I am an introvert! Ask my shrink if you don’t believe me.
I am really not comfortable with most people, I dislike crowds intensely, I am actually quite shy and given half a chance I would become quite a recluse.
I know that I have said, on more than one occasion that I am a natural Networker and on most levels that is absolutely true – here’s the thing though. Every morning when I get up, and I have to meet with people, I have to make a conscious decision about that. I have to have this chat to myself about how it is in the best interests of my business and therefore myself. It’s a motivational chat of great proportion and it is what gets me going and keeps me going for the rest of the day.
Absolute bliss, for me are the days, when I don’t have to meet with anyone and I can sit quietly at home and get on with my work or write what needs to be written and I can deal with people on the phone – if I have to. That really works for me in a ‘natural’ sort of way, I can just relax.
So, as an introvert, if I can get Networking to work for me in the way in which I have, what on earth is stopping you? Find a way that allows you to be comfortable in a Networking environment and get going – it will make a world of difference to your business and ultimately to yourself.
For more information on Renate, please visit her website at www.drrenatevolpe.co.za