How do you network when you have high social anxiety ?

As I get older, I realise it’s not about what you know, but who you know . I didn’t bother to network outside my workplace, because I am afraid of coming across as someone who is “faking to be nice to get something” I am afraid to come off as either boring or pretentious too. I don’t even know what to say after hi. My anxiety is that bad.

Has anyone ever been in my situation ? How do you overcome this?

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