As a member of Introverts Network Asia’s Events Team, Hui Fang has been actively organizing events for introverts to network and connect.
Even though she understood the importance of networking as a young adult, she couldn’t bring herself to attend networking events as she felt it was too awkward. The times when she did attend, she found ways to avoid interaction with others.
Hui Fang only started being able to network purposefully after she learnt certain networking strategies!
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[𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭] - 𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐭
I saw the importance of networking while in university. Some of my classmates started networking with industry players during those days. It got them into their desired jobs even before graduation. But it was too uncomfortable for me that I ignored it until I started working.
𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞
A sales position upon graduation led to the start of my networking journey and I finally stepped out of my comfort zone. I went to networking sessions alone, without any plans or goals.
Sometimes I left early to avoid people. Other times I joined small groups in their conversations and left without them knowing who I was. I used to sit at a corner quietly, waiting for people to come to me.
Ironically, I’d simultaneously wish nobody would come so I would not need to talk.
When I eventually did talk to somebody, the conversation felt awkward. This went on for months. I made many mistakes.
If I had known some networking techniques then, it would have made my journey less painful!