How to network: 12 tips for shy people

It is not just the shy or naturally introverted who can find it hard to get the most out of networking, be it at a conference or even within your own current department. If you want some practical advice to help you build up your networking skills before your next event, some of the suggestions will be for you. Here are the 12 points in brief:

1. Start Small

2. Stop Apologising

3. Tap into Your Primal Instincts

4.  Smile

5.  Ask a question

6.  Listen

7.  Business cards – get some done yourself if you don’t have any, you can easily order on-line

8. Say the person’s name

9.  Be Yourself

10. Tap into Your Passions

11. Ask for Introductions

12. Be Generous

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Diana Hayes
A key part of the team, Diana is achievement-oriented, forward-thinking and strategic in creating a high-yielding network of interested academics, universities and related associations. Her research and content have created genuine engagement amongst both candidates and employers resulting in a network of 250,000 academics. Diana’s experience is in sales, marketing, event management and business development.

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