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Simone Douglas

Hey, folks! Today, let’s dive into a topic that’s close to my heart and crucial for anyone in the corporate world: Networking. But wait, we’re adding a twist. We’re going to explore how understanding personality types can make you a networking ninja. Trust me, it’s a game-changer!


Know Thyself: The Power of DISC Profiling

Before you even think about decoding someone else’s personality, you’ve got to get a grip on your own. Ever heard of DISC profiling? It’s my go-to method for understanding human behavior. It’s straightforward, and there are tons of free online tests to get you started.

For those of us in high-stakes roles, knowing how we tick is invaluable for team management. I’m a high ‘D’ and ‘I’, which means I’m a blend of dominance and influence. But hey, we’re not all the same, and that’s where the magic happens!

The Real-World Lab: Networking Scenarios


The Dominant ‘D’ and Influential ‘I’

Being a high ‘D’, I’m all about business. I want quick, concise answers. But my ‘I’ side loves the glitz and glam of exciting business stories. This combo makes me a networking dynamo but also a potential nightmare if I don’t adapt my style. High ‘Ds’ can come off as aggressive or arrogant if not careful.

The Methodical ‘C’ and Social ‘S’ 

If I’m talking to a ‘C’ type, I’ve got to remind myself to stay engaged, even when they dive deep into details. And for the ‘S’ types, who love relationship-building, I’ll indulge in some small talk even if it’s not my cup of tea. The key is to adapt your communication style to make the other person comfortable.

The Networking Toolkit: Techniques to Shine


Be the Glue

In a group setting, you’ll likely encounter a mix of ‘Ds’, ‘Is’, ‘Cs’, and ‘Ss’. The trick is to be the glue that holds the conversation together. Acknowledge the dominant voices, but also give space to the quieter ones. This makes you memorable and ensures everyone feels heard.

Fixing Mistakes: A Case Study

I once helped a friend, an ‘S’ type, who was overlooked for a recognition pin at a global conference. I took the initiative to correct the oversight, not just for her sake but also to allow the organisers to mend a relationship. This is networking at its finest—being aware and taking action.

The Networking Playbook: Questions to Ask

– High ‘Ds’: Focus on goal-driven, business-centric questions.
– High ‘Is’: Ask about their most exciting clients or events.
– High ‘Cs’: Dive into the details of their work.
– High ‘Ss’: Engage in relationship-based, emotion-focused questions.

The Golden Rules

1. Understand Your Personality: It’s the foundation for meaningful connections.
2. Diversify Your Network: Step out of your comfort zone and engage with different personality types.
3. Be Memorable: Make friends, not just contacts. The real win is in the follow-up.

Networking isn’t just about handing out business cards; it’s about making genuine connections. And understanding personality types can be your secret weapon. So, the next time you walk into a networking event, remember: it’s not about you; it’s about how you can make others feel comfortable and heard.

Key Takeaways:

  • Know your personality type to connect better.
  • Adapt your style to engage with diverse personalities.
  • Make genuine connections and always follow up.

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