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Comments on: Networking for Introverts: 5 Logical Processes for Calming Your Fears

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By: Mark Dykeman

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 19:30:40 +0000

Hi Jon. I'd heard of this post in the blogosphere before, but for some reason I never associated with you. I started my own blog about introverts, mainly because I wanted to help show the world how introverts can compete on a more equal footing with extroverts through the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies. However, your tips deal with the face-to-face interaction and they are extremely important as well. Tip #4 - Practice Self-Disclosure: honesty is generally the best policy, but you need to keep in mind that certain types of people will judge you harshly if you're a little TOO open, particularly in a business setting. I enjoyed the article!

By: Rob Watts

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 15:44:31 +0000

@Gary - regarding your comment from Nov 30. I'm pretty introverted myself and I somehow have friends who mostly aren't. This guy's advice is pretty legit. I've learned to do what's being discussed here. My two cents for handing social situations- just make people talk about themselves. Extroverts LOVE to talk (about themselves) - just give them a reason and steer the conversation with a question or two once in a while and you will be fine. I do it all the time and it works great. All you need to get started is to listen and observe the people at the party/event. There's always an "in" where you get the ball rolling and it does not have to be anything significant at all. Cheers!

By: Joselle Palacios

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 20:14:50 +0000

I've just visited after reading your 20-something post on Brazen Careerist. Great ideas. I am a lifelong introvert and have slowly but surely come out of my shell over the last several years. What I find is hardest is just getting started with talking to people. Once I do, I'm fine. I was discussing this very topic with my boyfriend last night--how my shyness can come off as coldness to others and it hinders my networking. He said, for example, if I'm in a class with people and I want to connect with the teacher and other students, just think how I am in the same boat as the other students and am interested in learning the same things. That takes a ton of pressure off of me. Your thoughts on going beyond extrovert vs. introvert to just embracing your humanness is a great way to reframe the whole situation.

By: Conversational Media Marketing

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 18:38:08 +0000

Sunday Fun: PC or Mac? Which are you? You gotta love the Apple commercials where the Mac guy take stabs at Mr. PC. They're simple, humorous and effective. Trouble is, no matter how much I want to be Mac guy, that's just not who I am. I mean,

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Sun, 02 Dec 2007 15:43:00 +0000

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By: James Chartrand - JCM Ent.

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 12:42:26 +0000

@ Intars - If I listened to everyone who put me down and told me not to do something, I would have locked myself in my bedroom and avoided doing anything. I fought heavy, strong criticism from midway through high school to today, and I'm still fighting. If I didn't do what I felt was right for me, I'd never be where I am now, nor would I be working towards the future. Sometimes it's better to be the black sheep; it ain't so bad :)

By: Intars

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 12:24:41 +0000

I will start with a little off topic. I am a student and term 'blog and blogging' I encountered few weeks ago, so I am total newbie to this stuff. I found your blog accidentally - I started with one friend a project in blogs and he gave me places where to look for useful tips, information how to do better blogging and so on. So here I am :) I read your post and it gave me thoughts. For now as a student I am in quite hard situation - I study Power Industry but now I found out that it's not what I want to do. Accidental encounter with software called 3D Studio Max has totally changed everything in me. I finaly found that it's what I want and what amazes me - 3D Computer Animations. I dedicated myself so deep to learning all necessary stuff to create own small 3D animation that there started to occur serious problems with university. Few people make pressure on me (and that's where connection with this blog starts) - give it up, there's no way you can present yourself in this field, there's already enough people who can do this better and so on and so on. For now I was so certain about myself and that I am on a right way that all these nay sayings just pass away my ears. All the time I think how I will present myself when the real moment comes. I realized that in my situation new connections are needed. And I realized not just on words but on myself that I also have to change many aspects of myself, my attitude towards many things, stereo tips and other people out there. Thanks for post. Somehow it clearly draw me some picture which I intuitively felt myself.

By: Goal Setting College

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 07:55:27 +0000

Jon, well deserved compliment for your hard work!

By: Jon

Sat, 01 Dec 2007 15:49:22 +0000

@Ellesse: Thanks for the compliment on my writing. I work hard at it. @James: Send him over! This post is actually kicking off an entire series on networking, so both you and he might get a lot of it. @Sheila: I took a Myers-Briggs test during my freshman year in college, but I honestly can't remember what it said. Either way, I'm pretty happy with who I am. Sounds like you are too.

By: Sheila Lindsay Martin

Sat, 01 Dec 2007 14:34:10 +0000

Jon, I loved your story about the older man who was intimidated by you. A great reminder that "the other guy" has all kinds of inner chatter going on too. Have you ever taken Myers-Briggs? During the years I was crazy-busy in the corporate world, my results showed me to be an extrovert. Now that I'm working from home again, I'm back to my normal, happily Introverted self. ;-) Cheers, Sheila