How to network when you’re an introvert

Women in Business Regional Network members in Murray Bridge have picked up some useful tips from consultant Nan Berrett.

This post was contributed by the Women in Business Regional Network’s LeeAnn Brough.

Heather Hausler, Liz O’Hara, Tin Bambury, Justine Searby, Jodie Austin and Nan Berrett attend a women in business lunch on Monday. Photo: Women in Business Regional Network.

Even if you’re an introvert, you can still be an effective networker.

That was the message from Nan Berrett of Word Solutions when she addressed the latest Women in Business Regional Network lunch in Murray Bridge on Monday.

Ms Berrett, based in the Clare Valley, successfully built her business through networking alone, but confessed to being an introvert, particularly when it came to crowded rooms.

She had been sharing her tips on how to make good business connections in a number of regional locations, helping women in business to hone their elevator pitch, make use of online tools, and encouraging them to build a contact and email list.

Acknowledging that networking had certainly become more challenging in a COVID-19 world, she said she had now started holding regular virtual coffee meetings with clients via Zoom as a way to stay connected and to help grow her business.

Those present learned the importance of having a memorable business card, a clear and precise elevator pitch to use when meeting new people, and to be sure to be a good representative of their brand no matter where they were or what they were doing.

Nan also warned against the pitfalls of “putting all your eggs in one basket” when it came to relying on social media presence, particularly with recent issues with Facebook access.

This was the final Murray Bridge event for the network for 2021 as the group will take a break from face-to-face events over December and January.

The program for 2022 is already being drafted and news on the new year’s events will be out soon.

The Women in Business Regional Network is open to business owners, managers, staff and those dreaming of owning their own business.

You don’t have to be a member to attend events, but bookings are essential via Eventbrite.com.au.


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