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Four Things Introverts Can Teach Us About Networking

MarketingProfs 28 Oct 2020 02:00

Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is known for launching cars and rockets—sometimes, cars in rockets. He has described himself as "an introverted engineer," adding, "it took a lot of practice and effort to be able to go up on stage and not just stammer basically.... As the CEO, you kind of have to."

Other wildly successful businessmen, among them Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, are also considered introverts, which might seem antithetical to the public demands placed on them (and on others in similar positions). Their roles require that they put themselves out there, that they build relationships and networks.

That such titans of industry have succeeded indicates that introverts are fully capable of both putting their best foot forward when the situation demands it and building their personal brands. They just do it different from how extroverts tend to.

Introverts are more likely to be methodical, to follow a plan, to build their networks one contact at a time.

Here are four lessons that can be learned from successful introverts about networking.

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