Networking for the Shy

Show me a shy person who’s good at networking and I’ll show you someone mastering social media.

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Periscope have helped many introverts become very successful.

But, to be good at networking, you can’t just “like” someone’s Facebook page, connect with them on LinkedIn, and read their Tweets. You have to really get to know them before the money starts rolling in.

Robert Kiyosaki, entrepreneur and self-help author, says it best:

“The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.”

Whether you’re a writer trying to build the “platform” that all those top agents require, or you want to get people to visit your website, over and over, or maybe you just need a job, it’s all about relationships.

If you’re a writer, you could try to push your book, again and again, through all those Facebook marketing groups that no one reads. Or, you could spend time developing solid connections. My publisher Debbie McGowen is a master at this.

The best introverted relationship builders (like Michael Simmons and Adam Rifkin) focus on one person at a time. Rifkin built his PandaWhale empire by creating three “deep” relationships every day. If more came along, he would schedule them for the following day.

What does that get you?

Lasting relationships, one step at a time: Rifkin amassed over 10,000 followers and a successful website with this approach.

How could this approach help you get what you want?

3 thoughts on “Networking for the Shy

  1. I’m one of those, too. Introverted and suffer from social anxiety. I do find it much easier to interact online, but some days, even that can have me feeling insecure and reticent. Thanks for sharing these thoughts.

    1. Rick Bettencourt May 7, 2015 — 10:37 pm

      I’m glad you found this helpful.

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