I’m definitely more of a behind-the-scenes person than someone who’s comfortable on stage. As a perfect example, although I minored in theater, I never had an acting role — all my stage work was for props or as a stage manager.
So I was happy to find some tips on the Dale Carnegie Michigan site offering up some tips for shy people. Networking’s never been my strong point, since I’m more comfortable keeping to myself. And, to be honest, I don’t think much of schmoozers. How can I believe that you really want to build a connection with me if you use the same pitch with every person?
But, I digress. There are some great tips for talking to people if you’re a bit nervous, including:
– Start small. Start networking with people you know, then people who know people you know, and so on.
– Be yourself. You should be more extroverted, but you don’t have to be a phony.
– Tap into your passions. Love hiking? Football? Gardening? Ask some of the people you know through those avenues about what they do for work. You never know with whom you can work out a partnership, or who’s is what kind of business.
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If you’re shy by nature, why tips have you used to be a more outgoing person?
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