Networking For Introverts

virtual assistantsDid you know that about half the population are introverts?  There are many famous people in media that were or are introverts.  The one person that comes to my mind is Johnny Carson.  Yup, big time introvert.  When he was off the air he was ‘off’.  He would spend huge amounts of time alone on his boat or in his home office — not one to attend galas etc. for sure.

As for myself, I’m happy being an introvert.  Once I figured out why I felt the way I did about needing what appeared to be more ‘alone time’ than the average person, I embraced it.  The hard part comes when you run your own business and you need to network to build contacts so you actually have business to do.

In the area I live, we have regular events that are free and attended by many of the local business owners.  I’m not really keen on these events — the extroverts I know love them, me not so much.  What I do to be sure that I go is tell myself I only need to stay for 15 minutes and then if I wish I can leave regardless if I’ve made any contacts.  I also tell myself that I will attend a certain amount of events such as two per month for example.

Find what I call a ‘hub’ person.  In your life there is an extrovert who knows many people.  I have some of them in my life and there are times that I grab their coat tails and they pull me through an event.  They introduce me to people and bridge the gap — I appreciate that so very much.

I would suggest that you read Susan Cain‘s book ‘Quiet’.  It’s about us introverts, so take some time to recharge your ‘I battery’ and check out her book — some great insights will be found there.

While the work of virtual assistants might be a great job for an introvert, you must learn the best way for you to build relationships that will help you build your business too.

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