Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How to effectively network if you're an introvert

We'd previously blogged about how to improve your networking skills by "working the room" like a pro (a critical skill for any law student looking for a job or a recent grad looking for clients). But what if, like me, you're an introvert? Attempting to "work the room" can be intimidating and feel "false" and unnatural.  How does one get more comfortable with it?

To the rescue comes the Lawyerist with these tips on networking for introverts:

Introverted lawyers should approach networking in ways that will minimize confrontation. For starters, become a joiner. Sign up for one or two bar committees, social organizations, or nonprofit boards that will have regular meetings. Small nonprofits, in particular, are eager to have lawyers serve on their boards. Through these meetings, over time, you will get to know your fellow participants and they will have the opportunity to get to know you.

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Introverts should also take the opportunity to participate in on-line discussion groups. Ask anyone who is active in a listserv and they will tell you that they get to know the personalities of their fellow participants just by reading their posts. More importantly, they develop trust in their colleagues and refer business to them. This is where an introverted lawyer can shine because often your strengths lie in deliberation and thoughtfulness (as opposed to your extroverted cousins, like me, who think while speaking, which occasionally has unintended consequences).

You can read the rest here.



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