The Career Doctor responds:
Of course. Nearly 50 percent of the US population describes itself as shy, according to Wendy Gelberg, author of The Successful Introvert (a very good resource for this situation). A good way for the shy and introverted to network is with a buddy.
Buddies can give each other moral support while holding each other accountable. Another idea is to join Toastmasters, which helps folks improve confidence and communication skills. We offer many more tips here.