We’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to network when you hate networking, don’t know anybody, and feel awkward making chitchat with strangers. (See Bullish: The Nerdy, Reflective Person’s Guide To Networking).
One solution is to (wo)man up and go do in-person networking events anyway. Make them a little better by researching the participants ahead of time and reaching out to a few of them over email before the event. Sidle up to other wallflowers and try the never-fail opening line, “Boy, these events can make a person feel a little awkward.”
Another is to use your magical introvert powers to pitch awesome stuff from the privacy of your bedroom/office/unicorn cave, nevermind the chitchat (see Bullish: 3 Tips for Pitching Your Dream Gig.)
These are both important strategies that have their place. But Jen suspects that a lot of us could make an entire career out of just networking and doing business with other introverts. Quietly! Politely! Without that guy who gets drunk at mixers and shakes your hand too hard and won’t let it go!
This week and next, Bullish is facilitating a networking experience for any interested ladies beginning THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28. It’s called Secret Bullicorn (like Secret Santa, the time-honored office gift-distributing scheme). If you prefer writing and the Internet to wearing nametags and drinking wine out of plastic cups, this is for you!
In short: You send us your professional details (see below). We collect everybody’s info, then we pass on each lady’s info to another lady. When we send you another lady’s details, you have UNTIL MARCH 7 to google your secret bullicorn, online-stalk her a bit, and then email her and ask her a couple of interview questions. Do a little writeup (1-2 paragraphs) on why this lady is awesome. Send it to us. In turn, someone will contact you and do the same for you. All these writeups will go on GetBullish (free publicity for your projects!), and you’ll make an online contact or two.
Ten lucky participants (chosen randomly) will also receive free Linkedin Premium Memberships (a two-month subscription), courtesy of Citi, on behalf of their Citi Connect: Professional Women’s Network. With a Linkedin Premium Membership, you get better search results, the option to send InMail, see everyone who has viewed your profile, and more. It’s really a perfect tool for introverted networking.
To enter Secret Bullicorn, email firstname.lastname@example.org the following information by FRIDAY, MARCH 1 at 5pm.
Links (Website, Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, Etc.):
What do you do, and what do you hope to be doing in five years?
What resource do you wish you had in order to get to the next level in your career or life plans?
What’s the last thing that made you angry at the state of the world?
What is your connection to Bullish?
What’s the best thing you’ve seen on the internet lately? (No judgements if cats are involved!)
We’ll match everybody up by Saturday. Send us a 1-2 paragraph writeup on your Secret Bullicorn by MARCH 6.
Read more about how to make being an introvert work in your favor:
Bullish: The Nerdy, Reflective Person’s Guide To Networking
Bullish Life: Sometimes It’s Best Just to Not Think About It
Bullish Life: Hanging Out With People In Real Life Is Now Like Herding Cats. Cats That Suck.
The Power of Quiet