An informative post 8 networking tips for introverts by Cristiana Martinez, has at least three of points that are natural strengths for introverts: picking events wisely, let people talk about themselves and followup.
Picking events wisely: When introverts use their planning innate strength, they can decide on the most appropos events to attend and then plan their time before, during and after so that they are always in check with their energy.
Let people talk about themselves: Since introverts are slower to self-reveal, letting people talk about themselves is again something to leverage our natural ability to plan questions that invite discussion.
Follow-up: Because introverts have fewer one to one relationships in general that go deep, the follow-up factor allows us (I’m an INTJ in Meyers Briggs talk) to stay in contact in a planned, meaningful way to get to know the people we met at the event.
My suggestion for introverts in networking environments is to use your strengths first; lead with them in the networking process.
Then, come up from behind by adding the social skills that you use less of the time, to tie it all together.
What do you think? Would this strengths first approach help you?