At first glance, it would seem that extroverts have the advantage when it comes to networking. Their natural ability to approach new people and form connections seems tailor-made for events like conferences and job fairs. But some of the very qualities that make extroverts who they are—gregariousness, a tendency to dominate conversations—can occasionally backfire. Read on for some tips on how to succeed at networking as an extrovert.
Think before you speak
Introverts and extroverts alike appreciate those who respect their schedules, but introverts in particular tend to feel strongly about punctuality. Make follow-up appointments with anyone you connect with at your conference and make sure you stick to them. Arrive on time—or even early—to impress even the pickiest time stickler.
As an extrovert, your primary goal for a networking event should be to make the most of your naturally social nature while also reining it in a bit so as not to overwhelm others. Try to go slowly and not let your nerves get the best of you. Use your inherent friendliness to help you make connections that will help you further your career in both the short and long term.