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Networking for Extroverts

Written by Guest Blogger April 15, 2014

Networking for Extroverts

So recently, I gave you some tips on networking for introverts. This time around, I would like to give you some tips on networking for extroverts. An extrovert, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a friendly person who likes being with and talking to other people: an outgoing person.

I know I told you that I can be a bit of an introvert. I still am. However, I know a LOT of extroverts. I love extroverts. I wish I could be more like them. These are the people that can walk in and work a room effortlessly. They probably have not created a game plan beforehand. However, they never meet a stranger and business gets done. I am in awe of these people.

That being said, sometimes, extroverts can be a little overwhelming to me. So, I have compiled a list of tips, based upon my personal observations, for networking for extroverts.

eastereggbserve your conversation partner.

Does the person you are striking up a conversation with appear to be a bit reserved? If so, don’t come on too strong. Introduce yourself, offer a handshake, ask about them, and listen to their answer. It seems extroverts often feel the need to carry the conversation, when in fact, they do not. Extroverts should try to ask open-ended questions to engage the person to whom you are speaking. If there is one thing people can talk about, it’s themselves.

Don’t ask personal questions.

If I am at a networking event, then professionally I am out there. Personally, I am not. Please do not ask me if I have children or about my marital status.

Listen.

I mentioned this one already; however, I want to stress its importance. When you ask a question, please wait for a complete answer before continuing the conversation. I am even guilty of this one. When I get excited about something, I just start talking 90-to-nothing. I have to consciously stop myself from talking over someone else, and I’m an introvert. Now imagine that same excitement and passion added to an extrovert’s outgoing personality… well, you get the picture.

My goal for the last two blogs on networking is simple. I hope to bring a little bit of the extrovert out of the introverts and a touch of the introvert into the extroverts.

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