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.