Is this true for you? Be honest with these quiz from Work It Daily. Track the number of As, Bs, and Cs you answer to learn more about your networking style.
1. When you’re introduced to someone, you:
(a) Quietly mumble, “Hi.”
(b) Introduce yourself, then leave after five minutes of small talk.
(c) Smile, and immediately start asking questions about him/her.
2. How many networking events do you attend each month?
(b) Wait, you have to network each month?
(c) I’ve lost track!
3. You just walked into a networking event. You:
(a) Immediately walk to the bar to get a drink, avoiding everyone.
(b) You were late, so everyone is already in conversations. You find a loner to talk to.
(c) Walk over to a group of people and jump right into the conversation.
4. How long do you typically stay at networking events?
(a) For as long as I can possibly stand it.
(b) Not long. I have TV shows to catch up on.
(c) I’m usually one of the last people to go. I just can’t stop talking!
5. You’re waiting for the bus with a stranger. You:
(a) Pretend like you’re playing with your phone to avoid conversation.
(b) Talk about the weather, then stand there awkwardly.
(c) Strike up a real conversation with the person, then sit next to them on the bus so you can talk more.
6. Whenever you go out, you:
(a) Meet up with a close friend for dinner.
(b) You usually bail.
(c) Walk into a bar and know 90% of the people there.
7. What does your friend circle look like?
(a) I have one or two close friends.
(b) I have a fairly large group of friends that I don’t see often.
(c) Friend circle? I have tons of circles! Circles on circles!
8. When it comes to conversation:
(a) You never know what to talk about.
(b) Your mood determines how much talking you’ll do with people.
(c) You’re always asking questions and telling stories.
9. What does your social calendar look like?
(a) You have a couple of events each week.
(b) You usually bail on plans because you’re tired.
(c) You have something going on every night!
10. What would you rather do?
(a) Keep to yourself.
(b) Meet people, but not have to put much effort into it.
(c) Go to events, parties, and social gatherings all of the time.
Mostly As: The Shy Networker
You’re a little shy when it comes to networking. At events, you’re usually over in the corner debating whether or not you should leave and watch House of Cards.
You want to meet new people, but you just never know how to approach people and break the ice.
Ahhhhh… the introverted networker. Remember, introverted does not translate to unsuccessful in networking. You may just need to find the right strategy for you. As an introvert, you can probably appreciate the thought of a solid plan of attack! Check out these networking tips for introverts and get prepared for your next event.
Mostly Bs: The Networking Procrastinator
You know you need to network in order to advance your career, but ughhhh it’s just so hard to drudge all the way to a networking event after a long, hard day of work. Maybe next week? Maybe next month? You’re the networking procrastinator.
We know life is short, and you’d rather be doing ANYTHING but networking. Here are some ways you can network in 30 minutes or LESS!
While social media is NOT – I repeat NOT – a replacement for your networking event strategy, you can use it as a powerful networking tool. Whether you’re connecting with a new lead after an event or passively finding a new customer or follower, social media can help to boost your networking strategy. Learn more here with these tips!
Mostly Cs: The Super Connector
You know everybody! You’ve got tons of friends and your calendar is always full of events. You love meeting new people and connecting them with your friends.
You are the super connector. You don’t think of networking as a necessity – It’s fun!
As a more extroverted networker, you’re likely to leave with pockets full of cards and a head full of plans and inspiration. However, does your excitement turn into contact conversion in the coming days and weeks? Check out my blog about how to turn new leads into quality business connections.