Networking: The ability to collect and maintain many personal and professional relationships among a diversity of people.
Are you someone who gets uncomfortable at big parties and would rather have a tight knit group of friends? If so, you may be a low scorer in networking. Let’s take a look at the behavioral traits of someone with a low score in networking and what you can do to best encourage their growth.
Meet Tim. Tim likes to hang out with his two best friends that he’s had for 10 years and doesn’t like to go to new meet and greet events. The idea of speed dating horrifies him and he’d rather get to know someone privately and for a long time before committing to a relationship. At work events, he never introduces himself to new people and would rather just hang out in the background with the people he already knows. Although he deeply values his long-established friendships, sometimes Tim can come off as a bit rude to people he doesn’t know due to his discomfort with meeting new people.
Tim is a good example of someone who likely has a low networking score. He:
Tips for Managing Low Scorers
Although low scorers in networking can be very loyal friends to their inner circle, sometimes their discomfort in social settings and meeting new people can hold them back personally and professionally.
Here are some tips for managing someone with a low networking score: