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W

hen you arrive at a networking event, do you plunge
through the doorway Oprah-esque, announcing, "I'm
heeeeeere!" or do you stand at the doorway, survey the
room, then slowly move around the perimeter looking for a
familiar face?

At the end of the event, are you energized and ready to "keep the party going" at a different
venue? Or are you mentally exhausted and ready to go home and decompress?
Being extroverted, introverted, or somewhere in between, ambiverted, not only influences
your behavior, but also how others perceive you. Extroverts might be seen as energetic, confident,
and charismatic. But that unbridled enthusiasm could also be interpreted as overbearing or
brash. Introverts might be viewed as cerebral and reserved, but it could also be interpreted as
being aloof or snobby.
Extroverts tend to get a lot of press because they don't shy away from the spotlight. But
introverts are getting more attention thanks to a spate of books and blogs focusing on those
more averse to being front and center, including the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a
World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
"At the heart of it, introverts and extroverts respond really differently to stimulation," Ms.
Cain said in a Huffington Post article. "Introverts feel most alive and energized when they're in
environments that are less stimulating - not less intellectually stimulating, but less stuff going on."
Networking events tend to be highly stimulating environments held in large rooms with
dozens if not hundreds of people. So it makes sense that extroverted types relish these events
while introverts tend to dread them.
Regardless of personality type, people do best when they operate in sync with their natural
tendencies, rather than fighting them. Introverts can develop tactics to make themselves comfortable in networking settings and extroverts can become more in tune with how their larger
than life personalities might be overwhelming.
The following tips give extroverts and introverts suggestions on being their best authentic self
and making a positive lasting impression.

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