Tips on Networking for Introverts

My write-up of Monday’s International Translation Day conference will follow when I can get my thoughts together about it but it was noticeable that I was far from the only person there who felt awkward about networking. Translators are often a shy and/or introverted bunch who prefer the safety of our computer screens – we wondered if interpreter conferences are more extroverted affairs – so I thought it might be useful to round up a few links to resources I’ve found on networking for introverts. We were enjoying chatting with each other but rather scared to face the multitude outside and try to Network With Important People, as we knew we Ought to be doing: that’s why they give you such a long lunch break, after all.

Lunchtime crowd at ITD13

ITD13 at lunch time. A scary horde or lots of interesting people who’d be happy to chat?

Don’t get me wrong, I had a great day and really enjoyed socialising with my friends and colleagues from the translation scene, but the luxury of a quiet first class railway carriage on the way home (only £1 more expensive than standard when I booked – bonus!) was a wonderful opportunity to recharge my batteries.

The sites linked to below are in no particular order and often overlap in terms of the material covered, but I hope you find them useful too. And if you have any other tips, feel free to add them in the comments.

About forwardtranslations

I'm a freelance literary translator from German and French to English. The title of my blog comes from Mary Schmich's description of reading: it struck home with me, and seems especially apt for translated fiction. Here are some of my musings on what I'm reading, re-reading, reading to my children, and translating.
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