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Networking for People Who Hate Networking

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Oct 12, 2017

Let's face it: networking events, while potentially great for your career, can also be rather awkward affairs, particularly if you're the shy type. A venture capitalist who previously worked at Google knows this well and recommended some tips for how a more introverted kind of person can make the most out of networking, according to Inc. While the article has more details, in general he recommends focusing not on quantity of connections but quality: it's better to have a smaller number of more in-depth conversations than a large number of shallow ones. Also, try to hang on even if things start feeling awkward; if you feel the instinct to flee the room, try waiting a half hour longer before following through on that. Paradoxically, though, don't be afraid to take a break every once in a while. If you need some alone time to recharge, feel free, so long as it doesn't mean leaving the event entirely.