5 tips for successful networking when feeling shy

By Jenny Butter | Jul 7, 2020
Jenny Butter | ACHNET

Networking is an important part of the job search but many people freeze or panic at the thought of it. So, here are five tips that will help you get started if you’re shy or feel out of your comfort zone. They apply whether attending a networking event or making a cold call.

1. Plan

Decide on a goal. You need to know that your uncomfortableness has been worth it. Who do you need to speak to and why? Is it, one particular person, as many people as possible or just two people so you can feel proud for stepping out of your networking comfort zone?

2. Research

Before attending an event or picking up the phone, do some research so you can have informed conversations. Do you have a connection in common? Did you both go to the same university or come from the same town? Can you help them with a work issue?

3. Prepare Questions

Come up with a list of five questions so you feel in control of the conversation and to ensure you get the information you need. But remember, the aim is to make warm contacts and genuine connections.

So, also come up with a list of questions you can ask people, not on your target list. At a face to face event the first question