Easy social networking for shy & introverts; The ultimate tips here

Networking can be daunting and scary but luckily there are many helpful articles all over the web. Networking is important for your blog or business because it brings you an audience and opportunities. But when you are shy or introvert taking the steps can definitely be hard.

Maybe you will find networking scary forever. But there are definitely some tips that can make online networking less scary for you as a blogger, entrepreneur or business owner.

One of my goals this month was to reach out to 3 persons on the internet. I found myself being very shy and trying to avoid it.

I have talked about networking before but I thought we could take a better look at how to network and what other bloggers are saying about it!

Firstly being shy and being introvert aren’t the same thing. But both deal with finding social interaction difficult and sometimes tireing. 

Where do we network?

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Real life networking

  • events

  • parties

  • launches


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Online networking

  • email

  • social media

  • blog

  • & more


The first post is all about why you should be networking; The Importance of Branching out as an Introvert -Acorns and Lemonade 

‘Networking is marketing. Marketing yourself, your uniqueness, what you stand for,’ Christine Lynch

Just in case you are thinking of ignoring it altogether, I found this little quote just for you;

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others! networking quote!

Many real life networking tips work online as well!

Real life face-to-face tips for events en conversations!;

  1. How to survive and thrive when networking – Allyn Lewis (I love this tips, they are simple, clever, and straight to the point. Get through an entire  conversation!)
  2. How to network like a boss as an introvert -The work at home woman (Amazing tips especially for introverts! I love the “scope out attendees” part.)
  3. The Introverts guide to networking – Wonderfelle (I especially love her follow-up tips for making sure all your effort wasn’t useless!)
  4. Networking for introverts – Caitlin Bacher (The first tip was a life saver for me. Realising that probably not the whole room is judging you! Make sure to at least read that one!)
  5. How I network as an introvert – The Alisha Nicole (These are just honest from one introvert to another.)
  6. 7 Low key ways to network as an introvert – Heather crab tree (Did you know practising was an option? I definitely did not.)

Bonus tip; Definitely don’t forget to take your business cards, you can easily design those in canva for free and I got mine printed for 6 euros/100 piece! 

Bonus bonus; I love this article by Olyvia about Introvert friendly offline marketing!

3 top tips; 

  1. Everybody loves to feel important and everyone loves to be listened to! So if you are too nervous to talk you can simply ask some questions like “what do you do?” “What is your favourite part?” “How did you start?” And let those people talk!
  2. You are definitely not the only one nervous. There are many of you there!
  3. Try to smile! It makes you easier to approach for all those other nervous attendees.

Need 4 more tips on developing some charisma?  

Online Networking

Online networking applies to everything from social media to befriending other bloggers. It might be easier to you or maybe it feels just as scary. Here are some posts to help you with just the online part.

Use this email template by Kimberly Herrington to connect with new bloggers! (And build a happy little blogging tribe where you support each other!)

And just a shameless plug of my own posts which I wrote all about how I network as a very shy creative online! 

If you are thinking of trying these out don’t be afraid to try them out on me. It is our inside thing now already! 

Bonus; The introvert guide to running a profitable business by With Elizabeth Fein.

Even if Networking is scary you can’t just ignore it. But you can make it slighlty easier. 

My favourite new quote that I found in this lovely post;

Do one thing every day that scares you - Eleanor Roosevelt

I think it is such a great motto for networking especially. Trying out new things can be scary but it also brings you so many possibilities.

Maybe after reading this posts you can do the one thing that you have been avoiding like;

  • Sending an email to connect with a fellow blogger
  • Asking another blogger for a collab
  • Replying to some random social media posts!

Let me know what your number one networking tips is!

6 Responses to “Easy social networking for shy & introverts; The ultimate tips here

  • Thank you so much for including my post, Sofie! You are such a GEM! This is definitely an important topic because networking is truly marketing (I love that you brought that up). Networking engages the human aspect of owning a business and no business or professional can thrive and grow without that! Branching out can be both intimidating and exhausting, but little steps one bit at a time go a long way in building a successful network.

    I run an online community, Gem Nation, for business owners that I’d be honored to have you involved in! Our group is a great place to network with other entrepreneurs who enjoy sharing their knowledge, contacts, and expertise with one another. Beyond this, Gem Nation is all about people helping one another become the best versions of themselves and realizing it takes time and hard work to do so. We give particular attention to the struggles of owning a business, not just those on the surface, but the more internal, mental cost of entrepreneurship as well. You can get access here! =) >> http://allynlewis.com/join/

    • artsbysofie
      5 years ago

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments and of course the amazing post! I think that is such an interesting insight. I think a lot about the networking part being a chore but describing it as the human part really puts it more in perspective. I would love to join Gem Nation and I am so honoured! Thank you again for this wonderful comment and for inviting me!

  • Sofie, thank you for mentioning my quote post! 🙂 Wow, I really need these tips! Networking is so hard, especially for those of us who aren’t good at self-promotion. Great post!

    • artsbysofie
      5 years ago

      I am glad you enjoyed the posts and I am still really glad I read yours! Networking is both my favourite part and my least favourite. I really do hope this helps others as well! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Sofie, you are similar to me. I happen to be both shy and an introvert. Social media (behind the computer screen) is definitely easier for me. It’s taken quite a bit of practice to get where I am now. (ex. connecting with other bloggers)

    I like the quote by Eleanore Roosevelt. I also like “Do it Afraid” by Joyce Meyer. These are the quotes that motivate me to push past my fear and do the ‘big scary thing’.

    The thing is, the more we do the ‘big scary thing’, the less scary it becomes.

    • artsbysofie
      5 years ago

      I think your quote is amazing as well. “Do it afraid” And it is certainly true that doing things over and over again makes is less scary in the end. It is just hard to remember to do so. I am glad you came to read this! Thank you 🙂

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