When it comes to networking, we seem to throw common sense into the wind. Instead of finding a way to make it work for us, “experts” claim that you should do it because you have to.
Let me tell you, the average person won’t cut out craptastic eating habits, stop drinking, or anything else that COULD POSSIBLY SAVE THEIR LIVES, much less network, so maybe you need to come up with a better plan.
Think of it this way–if someone you knew came to you and said that they were changing the very way they are because of someone else (someone they were dating, perhaps) what would you do? You’d probably say that they don’t need to change wholesale because of someone else. If they didn’t like the person as they were, then they don’t deserve them.
So why isn’t that the case with networking? We know that there’s apparently (apparently…) a “hidden job market” with gazillions of jobs out there just waiting for you…but only if you learn to network properly. The more you read, the more you retreat into your hermit’s cave of introversion.
But all is not lost! Join me in the coming weeks (ugh…weeks…) as I navigate my way through the world of Introverted Networking (patent pending)!