Networking When You Hate Talking to Strangers

By: Dorie Clark


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Hi there!

Almost nobody believes me, because I speak professionally and I’m perfectly happy throwing dinner parties. But I’m an introvert, and socializing – especially if it’s large groups where I don’t know anybody – exhausts me.

I know I’m not alone, and that’s why I wrote a post for Harvard Business Review called Networking When You Hate Talking to Strangers.

My strategy: try to avoid “networking” events where everyone is a stranger, and instead, focus on smaller events where you can get to know people more intimately, instead of drive-by business card swapping.I actually came to love networking once I realized it didn’t have to be about cattle call events where I had to steel myself beforehand to go make small talk for three hours.Instead, I started creating my own events and doing networking my way, and it’s become one of the most enriching elements of my life. To learn more, you might like my Entrepreneur post on How to Host an Incredible Networking Dinner.And if you’d really like to dive into introvert-friendly networking strategies, check out my short e-book Stand Out Networking.It contains about 60 pages of my best tips and strategies for networking, featuring interviews with dozens of top thinkers on the subject.

If you dislike sleazy networking as much as I do, or feel like you hate networking in general, I hope you’ll enjoy Stand Out Networking.

I want us to reclaim networking for what it should be: an amazing way to meet incredible people and change your life.

Take care,
Dorie

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