As an introvert, I used to cower at the thought of walking up to a stranger at a networking event and making small talk. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of self-doubt and self-deprecation in professional situations when people are trying to wheel and deal.
Over the past few years (and especially during the pandemic), I’ve made an effort to find new ways to make networking work for me. The best lesson: ask better questions. Doing so gets the other person talking and reveals new information you can use to further the conversation and try to find opportunities where you both can connect. Here are some of my go-tos:
Want to network with me? Feel free to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org.