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Sometimes, I really hate networking. 😖 Not necessarily because I tend to sometimes come off as awkward, but rather because a solid 98% of the time, I get stuck talking to someone who is awful at networking. Really, really awful. I’m talking would-rather-be-stuck-in-traffic-for-five-hours bad. But why is this? Shouldn’t networking come a bit more naturally to us? 🤔 After all, networking at its core is simply talking to like-minded people. But to many of us out there, networking can still seem daunting or even a bit pointless. This shouldn’t be the case – networking is supposed to be a value-adding and a, dare I say, fun activity. 😁 If it feels neither value-adding or fun, fear not! You’ve come to the right place.

  • TC

    Tad Chef

    over 1 year ago #

    Very funny and true as well.

  • AS

    AJ Segal

    over 1 year ago #

    Great post.

    I feel the same way about networking.

    I always prefer to let someone else talk while I ask the follow-up question, that way I understand if there is really an opportunity for:

    1. Business deals
    2. Strategic collaborations/connections
    3. Referrals to my friends/clients/partners
    4. Making friends

    I feel the same way towards Linkedin. I mean, you already don't need to be clean-shaven and tidy to talk to me via Linkedin, why do you connect with me and fail to present yourself in the first place? Why do you only approach me when you need something?

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    Swagata Kumar

    over 1 year ago #

    i find networking to be tough.. i feel the other person comes to know you are connecting with him. So, isn't it better that I say upfront.