If you tend to dread social situations, networking can be difficult. Not everyone has the natural ability to walk into a room of strangers, introduce themselves and engage in conversation. But it’s important for reserved professionals and business owners to occasionally push past their discomfort so they can make valuable new contacts. Some people, in fact, have found their social anxiety to be a hidden career asset.
Start by writing down a list each month of networking events you’d like to attend. You most likely won’t go to all of them, but set a reasonable goal for yourself. For added backup, go with a friend who can ease you into conversing with others or serve as your escape plan.
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