Last week, we discussed introverts and networking. This week, we are going to explore the world of extroverts, and offer some tips on networking for those who fall into this personality type. While many people may assume that being an extrovert immediately means you are a great networker, that isn’t always the case. Let’s discuss further.
What is an extrovert?
Extroverts are commonly described as the “life of the party.” They are outgoing, expressive, and enjoy being the center of attention. They also thrive in social situations and look forward to connecting with others as a way to fill their cups and feel energized. Healthline describes being an extrovert as the following: “extroverts are energized by crowds and interaction with the external world.”
Signs you are an extrovert
There are a few characteristics that are commonly found among extroverts. These can include:
- Thrives on being the center of attention
- Enjoys group work
- Feels isolated when spending too much time alone
- Likes to communicate by talking
- Looks to others for ideas and inspiration
- Often has numerous interests
- Tends to act first before thinking
Tips for networking
Simply being an extrovert doesn’t mean you are a good networker. Since there are many different personality types when connecting with a group of people, it is important for extroverts to recognize certain characteristics that might make others uncomfortable or feel overwhelmed.
Build meaningful relationships
As an extrovert, you thrive on the energy of people. This can often mean that you feel the desire and need to speak with everyone in the room and engage in conversations with people who you might not genuinely connect with. While making connections is important, it is even more essential to nurture and maintain those connections. Therefore, focus on people you know you have a genuine interest in, and on those who will be of value. It can be hard to not “work the room” as an extrovert, but when networking it will serve you best to pay attention to the people you are speaking with and avoid getting distracted by what else is happening around you.
Display genuine interest
As extroverts, it can be challenging to reel in your personality. We certainly aren’t saying not to fully embrace the vibrant and charismatic person you are! However, depending on the situation, and who you are speaking with, it is important to make people feel comfortable and at ease. Therefore, be sure not to overpower the conversation. Ask questions about their work, interests, and goals and practice active listening when they reply. One of the cornerstones of networking is finding commonalities and building a relationship from there. Investing time and energy into learning about others will benefit your connection, and make others feel valued and appreciated.
Since most extroverts are naturally approachable, embrace this part of your personality! Often, introverts are waiting for someone to initiate a conversation and you are just the person to do that. Engage with others by offering a friendly smile, make eye contact and use welcoming body language so that others feel comfortable in approaching you, or having you approach them. In taking the initiative, you alleviate the stress and worry others might be feeling, which will likely lead to a genuine connection. Every introvert needs an extrovert friend to help them, especially in social situations!
While networking likely comes easier to extroverts, there is space for everyone! Networking is a process, and building meaningful and valuable connections doesn’t happen overnight. The more you practice, and take part in networking events, the easier it will become-for everyone!