Magazine article Working Mother

Networking for Introverts

Magazine article Working Mother

Networking for Introverts

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If you'd rather be home alone with a book than at an industry cocktail party, you probably know you're more introverted than extroverted. Andy Johnson, introvert, executive coach and author of Introvert Revolution, knows how you feel. Rest assured: About half the population can be categorized as introverts, he notes, and studies show that 40 percent of CEOs are included among them. "Introverts should know that who they are is great, and they should celebrate it," he says. Still, networking is important, so he offers this advice for connecting.

You don't need to mimic extroverts. It's always better to be authentic and genuine with people. Leverage the strengths of introverts, like good listening skills and a tendency to be other-directed. People will better appreciate you if you let your true self shine through. …

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