Lindsey on The Huffington Post: Why shy people make great networkers

I’m excited to announce that in addition to my own blog, I am now a blogger for HuffingtonPost.com!

My first entry is posted today, “Why Shy People Make Great Networkers.” Here is an excerpt:

Tis the season of holiday party schmoozing–a golden opportunity for professional networking. If you’re outgoing, the season is a blast. If you’re shy, it can produce some serious anxiety.

Shy people often ask me for advice in December: “How can I overcome my shyness to become a better networker?”

There are definitely some good strategies for overcoming shyness–join a public speaking training organization such as Toastmasters, practice your self-introduction until you feel comfortable, or take a stand-up comedy class (after standing alone on a stage telling jokes, nothing is scary)–but these strategies take time. What can shy people do right now to network comfortably?

Read the rest of the article here.

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7 Responses

  1. I’ve been enjoying catching up on your blog! This post is right on target. I’m always trying to convince my clients that they don’t need to be outgoing to network effectively. Competent, prepared job seekers can act confident, even if they’re not.

    I love the idea of embracing your shyness as a distinct advantage instead of worrying about overcoming it as an obstacle. It’s a great angle on the subject. I hope you don’t mind if I link to you in my future posts. Thanks so much!

    -Miriam, keppiecareers.com, keppiecareers.wordpress.com

  2. I appreciate your note and look forward to keeping up with your writing!

    Thanks, and take care,
    Miriam

    keppiecareers.com

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