Why Bother Networking?

The Princess Bride is my favourite movie. Like many people, my favourite character is Inigo Montoya, played by the amazing Mandy Patinkin. One of Inigo's most famous lines is delivered in response to the insistence of another character that it is "inconceivable" that they are being followed, in spite of the fact that they clearly [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here’s Where You Can Stick Your “Networking Breaks”

Where did event organizers get the idea that networking breaks are a good thing? Almost everyone I've ever talked to loathes them. It's a big contributor to the popularity of the We Hate Networking Club, now nearly 1000 members strong. And yet, there seem to be people who actually want networking breaks. Event feedback surveys frequently show a desire for more networking. For [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Building Your Network Without Selling Your Soul

We Hate Networking When It Feels Gross One thing folks seem to hate most about networking is the feeling that it's sort of gross: selfish, pushy, greedy. Nobody wants to be the stereotypical networker; the one who is always selling, who shoves his business card in everyone's face, who's always pushing his own agenda. However, we all [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Mastering the Dreaded Elevator Speech

"So, what do you do?" It might be the most dreaded networking question. We stutter. We ramble. We overexplain. We go away feeling the person who asked doesn't really get it, and isn't all that interested anymore. How can we answer this question in a way that is accurate, engaging, and conducive to making great new connections? [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Introverts Rock at Networking

That's right, I said it. Introverts rock at networking. It's true. Introverts can actually be better at networking than extroverts. Shocked, are you? "What's the catch?" you ask? Here it is: Introverts rock at networking when they do it by embracing their natural strengths. This means that the path to good networking for an introvert [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

What To Do When Mingling is Mandatory

Recently, I've talked a lot about how to avoid traditional networking events and still build your network (see: You Don't Need Networking Events). But that isn't always possible. Maybe your boss sends you to an industry mixer. Maybe you're at a conference with several networking breaks. Sooner or later, most of us will find ourselves in [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Networking and Social Media

Many people blame the rise of social media and online networking for the decline of in-person relationships, and they do have a point. It's much easier to stay home alone than it used to be, and that's partly due to screens. However, the internet can also help build our real-life social networks, if we make good use [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

You Don’t Need Networking Events

Let's face it: most of us would rather have a root canal than attend a networking event. Just the word "networking" conjures up images of the worst case scenario: a room full of strangers, struggling to make any connection, feeling pressured and uncomfortable. But here's the good news. Networking isn't actually about events. Networking is [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volunteer to Build Your Network

Whether you're looking to grow your own network, spark some connection within your work team, or foster ties between members of a broader group (like an association), volunteering can be a crackerjack tool. In my time as a corporate fundraiser, I  both watched it in action and used it myself. Let's look at how it works for [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Follow Up: Making the Most of Your Connections

So you've been to an event. You met some people. You even collected some business cards. Mission accomplished, right? Wrong. If you stop working on your connections when you leave the room, you're not getting the most out of your networking opportunities. The work you do in the following days and weeks to take those [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments