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Networking for Introverts (Really!)The women of Connect: Professional Womens Network share advice on how to work a roomeven if youre the shyest person in it.

2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved.2A mentor gave me this advice: Act as the host of the event. At the next event I greeted everyone and then introduced the people that I had met to others. I acted as if it was my role to make everyone comfortable. It worked and I enjoyed the one-on-one conversations! Susan RosnerBusiness and Executive Coach

Connect: Professional Womens NeTwork2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved.3I feel strongly that you have to find the type of networking event that is conducive to your style. Happy hours are my worst nightmare, but small, structured events that take place before or after a speaker or workshopthose all work for me. Beth BuelowSpeaker, Author, Coach

Connect: Professional Womens NeTwork2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved.4A while back I changed my focus when going to networking events from promoting myself to seeing them as an opportunities to meet at least one new person, discover their story, and find out what I can learn from them. Somehow that took the pressure off. Jennifer GoyetteMarketing and Management

Connect: Professional Womens NeTwork2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved.5Socializing in large groups may not work for introverts. Focusing on meaningful one-on-one relationships with fewer people might work better.Identify people with whom you click, and then schedule periodic lunch or happy-hour meetings with them. Elena FilimonovaIT Manager, UnitedHealth Group

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Social networks are the perfect platform for introverts! You're able to speak freely without having to be face-to-face with someone. And then, when you are comfortable with a connection you've nurtured, you can take the relationship offline. Theresa MerrillSocial Media Consultant

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Touch base with people you know are attending a networking event in advance, and ask them to introduce you to a few other people. The same concept applies to online networking. Ask friends and colleagues to think of a few folks they think you should meet, and ask them to facilitate an introduction. Helene ClarkSenior Executive in the Foodservice Industry

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Do not dress in an understated manner. People won't see you. You want to attract people to you so you don't have to go out and "pounce.Wear red. It attracts people, and when people come to you, it eliminates stress. Sandy DumontSandy Dumont International

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For me, like going from driving peacefully on a quiet secondary road to entering a speeding packed freeway. Once you get over the initial panic, hold onto the wheel really tight and just remember that you, too, know how to drive! Bridget MurphyAlternative Medicine

Connect: Professional Womens NeTwork2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved.10FLICKR PHOTO CREDITS:Slide 2: Stefano Lubiana WinesSlide 4: Dell's Official Flickr PageSlide 5: Dell's Official Flickr Page Slide 7: Dell's Official Flickr PageSlide 8: Hubert Burda MediaSlide 9: ammiiirrrr

Join the conversation!Connect: Professional Womens Network, Powered by Citi, is an online community on LinkedIn that helps women achieve the careers they want and discuss the issues relevant to their success.

For more great insights from Connect members, check out the discussions: How do you network if you are an introvert?

Visit linkedin.com/womenconnect for more information and to join the group!

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