How this Introvert Navigates a Conference

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I spent some time in NYC two weeks ago for a conference. I posted this pic about my need for some alone time after two days of networking.

Have you ever gone out to dinner alone? I always feel awkward doing it but honestly, this is part of my self care when I’m feeling like I need to recharge my battery.  It’s one of the things those who aren’t natural introverts may have a hard time understanding.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually really friendly and love meeting new people. I’m able to network pretty well but it also takes a lot out of me, so I have to go back into my shell for a little while.

I took it one step further and also went to see Phantom of the Opera…alone.  Which honestly, I’ve always kind of wanted to do. The music moved me to tears and it was nice to sit there blubbering in total anonymity.

So there you go, that’s how this introvert handles conferences!

Deciding what to wear proved to be a bigger issue. I don’t dress up much so I kind of resent having to buy dressy clothes for one time events. Usually the decision comes down to this…what can I wear with my favorite leopard heels?

After shopping for over a week, I finally stumbled across this teal dress on sale. It couldn’t have been more perfect! For sizing, I’m wearing a 2 regular in this dress and am 5’4″ and 125 lbs.

It didn’t need much accessorizing so I picked these celluloid tortoise tassel earrings to make a statement.

Teal was the perfect backdrop for a sparkly tassel necklace.

Tortoise and teal are a great combo! The tortoise clover cuff tied together nicely with the earrings.

These trusty leopard heels have been serving me well at conferences and special events for the past three years. Unfortunately my exact pair is sold out, but this pair is similar.

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 It’s Your Turn:  Are you a fellow introvert?  If so, what are your tips for handling networking and conferences?


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