Use the social media bug to your advantage
If there is one thing social media has got down pat, it is connecting people. The key is to build that connection over social media, where your inhibitions are relatively low but eventually you emerge from behind the screen—that is, use Facebook or Twitter to reignite old friendships or acquaintances and make plans to nurture those relationships offline.
Give your relationships structure via a professional organisation
Myth tells us that introverts don’t like to talk. Reality tells us that introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and you won’t be able to shut them up. If you’re familiar with the latter we suggest that you join a professional group that exposes you to people who are likeminded, whether that means in terms of your career path or your hobbies and interests, ranging anywhere from a book club, an investment banking group or a painting class. This way, you will genuinely be interested in the people you meet which will encourage you to foster relationships with longevity whether that turns into a dinner date or a job opportunity.
Be smart about who you connect with
In other words, connect with connectors. A great way to expand your social circle is to connect with someone who is a gateway for you to meet many others. What makes this easy is that more often than not “connectors” are easy to connect with. They might not have the time or frankly the interest to invest in deep meaningful relationships, but they love to get to know more interesting people and would be more than willing to add you to their vast circle.