It may not have come through in my earlier blog posts, but I am an introvert. There I said it. People who know me have asked “Why do you teach?” They know that it is physically draining for me to work with a group of students for hours at a time. By the end of the day, I need time to myself to recharge.
Despite my introverted nature, I have tried to meet more people. I started with people that share some of my interests such as: science fiction and watching movies. I have also included groups that interest me professionally. Networking for me is extremely difficult. I do well with small groups of people. I found some good professional development groups focused on the area of my interest. These groups usually have 200+ people in attendance. In large groups, I know I’m supposed to be introducing myself and meeting new people. However I usually end up standing next to the wall sipping a diet coke.
This could be a serious downfall in my quest to find a full-time job. The Harvard Business Review offers several suggestions for introverts like myself looking for networking help. Does anyone else have any more suggestions?