27 Aug '16, 10pm

Some seek #networking opportunities while others avoid them at all costs. We've got tips for the introverts.

Some seek #networking opportunities while others avoid them at all costs. We've got tips for the introverts.

Before I launched my blog or struck out on my own to freelance , I was utterly terrified of networking. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool introvert who hates parties, loathes small talk, forgets names instantaneously, and has a penchant for blurting out socially awkward observations when things get tense. I’m also a teetotaler, so I can’t even rely on a glass of wine to loosen me up. And when I worked office jobs, I imagined that all networking involved forcing yourself to chat about work with strangers at crowded bars or inside windowless hotel conference rooms. Which, as far as I’m concerned, is the sixth circle of hell. Some networking IS like that, though not all people find it Inferno-esque. There are loads of events happening in cities around the globe every night of the week where folks who don’t know each other down beers and swap business cards. And some of those folks will ...

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