If you’re introverted, networking can seem daunting. To meet the challenge, Marcelle Yeager, blogger for U.S. News & World Report and co-founder, Career Valet, offers 5 tips.
1. Start while you’re employed. Network before you need to use it.
2. Develop and perfect your elevator pitch. Create a simple statement that you can explain in 30 seconds or less. Explain what you do, where you want to go and why.
3. Think small to start off. Attend smaller events or connect with people one-on-one over the phone or email. Start with a brief email introduction and a question.
4. Make clear requests. Introduce yourself, be specific about the advice you’re looking for and ask questions to learn about the other person.
5. Pay it forward. Offer colleagues and professional connections whatever help you can when you have the opportunity.
— Adapted from “5 Steps to Networking Success for Introverts,” Marcelle Yeager, U.S. News & World Report.