Before I share the story and give you my tips on networking for introverts, or as I like to think of it – networking the authentic way – a quick disclaimer. I’m not an expert of introversion or networking, I can only speak about my own experience and what I do to build my network, make new business friends and grow my business.
The Urban Dictionary defines introvert as:
“A person who is energized by spending time alone… Contrary to popular belief, not all introverts are shy. Some may have great social lives and love talking to their friends but just need some time to be alone to “recharge” afterwards.”
My need to recharge has led to various moments in my life that my more extrovert friends find hard to understand – recently I left a friend’s hens night BEFORE the stripper arrived. No one could believe it.
I would love to share a picture of what I missed at this point but I don’t want to get my friend in trouble!
So what’s this about adventures in New York City?
I see this a lot with the business owners I work with: they have a great idea that they are passionate about, but when it comes to promoting it – or even talking about it! – they suddenly clam up and feel as shy as the new kid on the first day of school.
Or maybe they’re OK promoting their business, but they don’t want to be the face of it. No photos on their website, no personality behind their brand – and definitely no speaking engagements or other promotional opportunities!
If this sounds like you, don’t worry! There are some tricks I’ve discovered to boost your confidence when it comes to promoting your business.
Many of my clients and potential clients are thinking about getting into online business, but they have one major concern.
They are introverts and worry about putting themselves out there and what running an online business will involve.
A recent revelation in my personal life (see confession below) and a great deal of thought on the matter has led me to the conclusion that…
Online business is actually perfect for introverts!
That may seem counter intuitive from the outside. After all being in online business means an online presence, a website, being out there in front of people.
It could seem easier to have a job or start a bricks and mortar business.
However, I believe that online business is the best way for introverts to leverage their skills and talents and here’s why.