The Joys of Networking. People, not Computers.
from the rub-my-elbow dept
Fess up. Most of us have done it at some point or another. You know, met someone at a bar, not for social gain, but for professional gain. And we all know how much fun that can be.
Comments on “The Joys of Networking. People, not Computers.”
It’s funny networking is such an exhausting task but it can be extremely rewarding. I find that even though I’m relatively good at it I always have this little dread that on first introduction me and my new “not-friend” will clash violently. The majority of times the worst that happens is that you enter into small talk, bore each other and find a polite way to part company.
However, in the past I’ve had some particularly amusing incidents. In one networking event I attended I met a director friend of mine at a fairly large company we talked for a little while and she introduced me to her yoga instructor (who said that she wanted to come because she was herself a business women). Well to cut a long story short I spent about 45 minutes trying to get rid of this yoga instructor, she started off by telling that I would be ideal for yoga, that I had beutiful skin and then debating philosophical viewpoints (against science and technology). I tried to get away by saying I had to go and talk to someone else but she’d just come along and deride any conversation that I had with any back into anti-science and tech talk. In the end I told her that I really had to talk to some people about business and I had to do it alone, she finally took the hint (after a wasted 45min in a networking event). That was the first time I learnt my lesson, it is okay to be a little rude to people in networking events if they don’t follow networking ettiquette, gracefully saying goodbye!