Networking for introverts vs extroverts

For many introverts, a networking event fills them with dread. Talking to strangers is not exactly what most introverts enjoy. For an extrovert on the other hand, it can be a lot of fun – after all, chatter and meeting new people is second nature for an extrovert.



Take any networking event, and there is likely to be a split of both introverts and extroverts. You know your tribe. If you’re an introvert, sticking with a group of introverts all evening is unlikely to give you much benefit from the event. If you are an extrovert, and find yourself within a group of extroverts, no-one may be able to get too many words in.


The key is balance. If you are an introvert, find an extrovert to talk to. They will likely keep the conversation going and may adopt you as their ‘wingman’ – the Maverick to your Goose – to meet other people in the room. After all, they don’t usually shy away from bowling up to someone they don’t know.


Use each other’s strengths and weaknesses to make the most of your networking opportunity.