Networking as an introvert

Introverts in the extroverted world of networking.

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Networking is a vital part of a college students’ career, but the truth is, it doesn’t come naturally for many people, especially if you are more of an introvert. Even as a professor at Clemson, extroversion can be a really helpful trait. We need to prepare to speak at conferences, meet potential employers at Intern-Employer Day, hosting events for the department, greeting potential students and their families as they tour Godfrey and consider whether Graphic Communciations is the right major for them at Clemson University.

Most people who’ve met me may not think I am an introvert at all, but I certainly relate with how this article starts. Even thinking about a room full of people I don’t know makes me pause. Over time I’ve learned to trick myself into enjoying the challenge and I think many students who feel nervous about IE Day and interviews, and conferences might can benefit from the same tricks.

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert who prefers familiarity, this list of tips is a great starter for getting over the fear of networking. I love the first few paragraphs where the author encourages every introvert to not try to be an extrovert, but rather to “relax, plan ahead and let their true personalities shine through.”

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Break the Ice: 8 Networking Tips for Introverts
If the pressure to come across as interesting and likable feels defeating at times, here are some helpful hints to letting your true self shine through.

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