I get this question a lot. “I am very shy and introverted when it comes to meeting people”
Here are some suggestions that may help.
1-Start by not labeling yourself as an “introvert”. It limits you in motivation and behavior.
I have often worked with people who say they are “shy” or “introverted” but realize that they are simply uncomfortable in a new situation and meeting new people. In their own circle they are quite at ease and confident.
So know that feeling awkward and being awkward are two different things.
2) Start small: Meeting new people should not be exclusive to “networking events”. It can start with a small group of likeminded people and it should not be limited to actively seeking out “career professionals”. You’d be surprised to see how much you learn and how well you connect with people over shared interests.
3) Be selective: Instead of randomly going to networking events understand yourself and your needs first. What situations make you comfortable? What type of people hold your interest? You will then be more assured in your approach.
It’s rightly said, “Everybody you will ever meet knows something you don’t”. So make Networking something you enjoy and value, with the right people for the right reasons.
Good luck and stay Linkked!