I’m an introvert.
At many conferences, meetings etc. where I was, I always listen to the people, observe and think. I’m rather not the centre of attention.
Unfortunately – all this is the opposite of people think is right, when talking about building a network.
But my experiences are different.
In my life, even I’m an introvert, I’ve met many people. In the field of education as well as business or earlier – in the field of students organizations.
I know personally few of the most richest people in Poland, two former Ministry of Education and many other wonderful people.
But I didn’t use any of the sophisticated networking tools or methods. Everything happened naturally.
How? First of all – I was proactive. That mean I didn’t focus on getting to know these people but on making some great things. And knowing to them always was the natural consequence of my working.
Second thing is – I was always asking myself, when thinking about a relationship with such people – what can I offer to them? What a value can I give them to make their life better? How can I help them achieve their goals?
I found it is completely not about how you look, what are your small-talk skills or how well do you influence people.
It is all about being proactive and giving a value to the others.
Because building a network is not a real goal. The goal is to make meaningful things. With people and for them. And this is why you need your network.