If you're getting ready to go to a large event and find yourself in a panic at the mere thought of it, then change your thinking. Focus on your goals and what you would like to accomplish at the event instead. It's okay to duck out early once you have made your meaningful connections.
Being an introvert and shy might seem like a bad combo for a business owner. Studies have found that introverts actually make really good leaders. If you can get past your shyness to be able to network with people, then you're really unstoppable in business.
If the thought of going to a conference or fundraising party has you wanting to curl up in a ball and hide in the corner instead, then try these tips for networking when you're introverted.