It’s a fair question that I’ve heard many times over.
If your natural personality is not outgoing and you don’t enjoy putting yourself out there socially, engaging in conversations with new people, it’s easy to just omit networking from your career path. But in a world where more positions are filled by people the hiring manager knows and trusts, networking is essential.
So, back to the question: is this something introverts can ever have hopes of doing well? The answer comes from Lisa Petrilli, the CEO of C-Level Strategies, Inc., author of The Visionary Leadership Blog – and an admitted introvert.
Lisa recently wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review about her introverted background and how she overcame it. It’s a great first-person testimonial of someone who realized they needed to get over something they weren’t naturally comfortable doing for the good of their career.
Sometimes hearing a story like this from someone who’s been there and knows what you’re feeling can make a big difference. I recommend you check out the article as soon as possible!
Have you ever dealt with anxieties about networking? What helped you push through?