Monday, November 17, 2014
Good news--introverts can dump cold calling
They need to manage their interactions carefully. Cold calls are a fear--but now it seems they are less effective than in person encounters or emails.
First, don't "pray and pray"--contacting everyone or feeling you should.Maybe stick with your alum group Do research on each person.
Never ask for a job. Respect people's time. Ask for advice--always meet at a time and place convenient to the person.
Pick networking events carefully. See if the people you want to talk to will be there.
Don't monopolize a person too long. Maybe agree to meet later if you get a positive vibe.
After an event, take time off from schmoozing. Recuperate.
Being casual, interesting, helpful and flattering can take it out of ya.
Remember it could be worse--you could be facing a cold call list..."Uh, you don't know me, but...."