I’ve always known that who you know is the name of the game in just about every sector, including medicine. That was made even more apparent to me when I ran for 4 different leadership positions and did not get even one (I know my nervousness and lack of self-confidence in the moments when I had to give a speech didn’t help either but I had known some people, the outcomes may have been different).
As I watch the people who act all chummy with the professors and deans, and even watching those professors and deans themselves, I can’t help but feel that if I want to do with my career what I want (rule the world essentially – but in a way that helps people of course!), I really need to learn to talk to people I don’t know.
My whole problem is that I’m an introvert so networking doesn’t come natural to me. I don’t know what to say, or even how to approach other people without seeming weird and awkward.
I’ve made great strides, however. When I was younger, I wouldn’t even look at you out of fear (of what, I don’t even know). I don’t problems talking with others, or strangers for that matter. It’s just being the one to initiate conversation (or anything for that matter) freaks me out.
There are a number of events coming up this month in which I will have to interact with others. I most worried about the social in which I’ve got to talk to female doctors. I’ve found some good tips, however, and am going to try them out. I know with practice I’ll get better.