Networking is about building and maintaining relationships with others, and it’s an important part of professional life. These connections provide invaluable opportunities to exchange information, get advice, learn something new. But it’s not always easy.
As we continue to reconnect this year, many of you have been talking about the challenging transition back into the in-person networking environment. Some of you are naturals; you didn’t skip a beat. In fact, you are SO GLAD to be back together! Others of you are slower to re-engage, partly due to the anxiety of the whole networking “thing.” Walking into a big room, needing to make a few new connections….. some of you tell me that you leave early or don’t even attend events at all! I get it. I’m in this second group and groups of new people are always challenging for me. So I thought I’d share what I do to make it through networking events – and even enjoy them!
“Feel the fear and do it anyway!”
This is what I do. I try to remember that other people struggle with this as well, so they’ll be patient with me if I’m clumsy. And I also remind myself – really connecting with ONE person at an event is worth far more than a series of “grips and grins” that don’t add value to either of you. So I hope to see you sometime soon – and, please, introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you!
Oh, and one more note: Cat Video Festival 2022 is returning to CHS Field. Not-to-miss event!
See you in the trenches.
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