The purpose of networking is to build quality relationships with a number of contacts who may be able to help with your career now or at some future date; and vice versa. Your network should be made up of people with whom you have a genuine connection.


Networking takes place in many venues, which may include:

  • Seminars, Conferences, Training Programs
  • Professional Associations and Educational Alumnus
  • Formal Networking Groups
  • Mentors and Coaches
  • Formal introductions and Virtual Introductions
  • External Board Membership / Volunteer Organizations

Social Networking has opened a whole new venue:

  • Linked-In
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • ZoomInfo…. and many more


Networking for Introverts

Shelley BrownStart small; seek out familiar faces of friends and relatives

Stop apologizing; ask for time, advice and help

Tap into your passions; attend events that relate to an interest you enjoy

Ask for introductions; ask your friend or colleague to introduce you

Be prepared; know who will be there and practice an ice-breaker question; have your personal pitch ready; anticipate questions

Follow up; sharing information builds credibility and shows you do what you said you would do

Get over the fear of rejection; don’t take it personally and move on

Take risks; the person you are speaking to may be feeling uncomfortable too

See a coach; if you have trouble opening up to people, see a communications coach to help practice new skills.


Bromelin People Practices sponsors a number of structured networking activities; if you are interested in participating, please email [email protected] for more information.

Let us help you make you an employee of choice!

Shelley Brown
Bromelin People Practices