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Project Managers Cannot Be Too Shy to Network

     Being shy is something that holds many people back in their careers. They may have many other qualities that make them perfect for project management, but hold back due to their fear of networking. Although there are some project management courses that can help you to overcome this fear, it is still great to know some steps you can take to try to cope with this on your own. In the digital age, there are more solutions to this problem than you may think.

Devise a Networking Plan
The key to many areas of success in life is to make a plan and then stick to it. Think about what you hope to achieve from networking and then devise strategies to achieve this. To a certain extent, some experimentation will be required to see what works for you and what doesn't. Think of every opportunity you have to network as being like an interview where you have to say something of value. If you are shy, then it can help to plan the content of these conversations in advance so that you always have something worthwhile to say.

Use LinkedIn
This is the social media networking choice of business people. It is a chance to promote your skills and experience online while also taking advantage of the experiences of others. Setting up your profile to a high standard is vital on here. It is the first impression users get of you and they will usually make a judgement in seconds. Employers use this site to check out the talent available out there. Even if you have applied for a job in writing, it is not unheard of for an employer to search online to view your profile on LinkedIn. It is also important to make connections on this site, as the number of connections and the quality of these connections can also influence other users opinions of you and your eligibility for work.

Meaningful Contributions
The contributions you make in meetings will be remembered and showcases what you have to offer. Therefore, both what you say and how often you contribute is important. If you feel nervous about this, then think about the purpose of the meeting and its likely contents in advance. This way you can plan the things you want to say and ask.

Writing your own blog is a great way of showing off your knowledge and experience, while also connecting with other people. It is also a good option for anyone who finds conversation difficult. Instead of a lengthy talk about your areas of expertise, you can tell people about your blog and provide them with a link. Wait a few weeks before getting in touch and ask if they can give you their valued opinion on the subjects you have written about. This will keep you in their minds for several weeks and differentiate you from others they have met.

No matter how shy you are, there is always a way to network and let people know about your skills and abilities. If shyness continues to be an issue for you, then project management training may be an option, especially if networking is one of the topics covered by the PM course.

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The author is a qualified PRINCE2 Project Manager and believes that professional project management skills and experience are essential for a successful outcome to any project.

There is a wide range of professional project management courses available, both formal and informal, courses to APMP, PRINCE2 or PMP Accreditation.

Posted on 2014-09-17, By: *

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