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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 design and order them 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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