The Biggest Barrier To Networking Success

No Foolproof Formula Sometimes, even if you follow all the expert advice, read all the books, and take all the courses, success is still elusive. This is true in any endeavour, but especially true in the world of networking and interpersonal relationship development. It can be tough to know the reason why, but there is [...]

By | 2018-05-02T14:19:12+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If You Think Socializing Is Too Hard, You’re Right

Having a social life can feel like a full time job As someone who teaches and fosters social skills any way she can, I'm often struck by the unfairness of it all. Why do we live in a world where acquiring and maintaining one of the most basic human needs is such a struggle? Why [...]

By | 2018-04-19T11:08:07+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Many People Is Too Many People?

What makes a good network? Is it 10 people? 50? 100? 500? Quantity is something I think extroverts might experience as a special challenge. People who lean towards extroversion (including me) are always meeting people - it comes as easily as breathing. We almost can't help doing it. However, there's a problem. There comes a [...]

By | 2018-04-05T16:32:43+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Best Kept Networking Secret

What The Weirdos Know Have you ever known someone who is well connected in defiance of all logic? Maybe they're a little weird, a little abrasive. Maybe they are awkward and lack social graces. But they seem to know everybody anyway, have no trouble finding people to work with and play with. How the heck [...]

By | 2018-03-23T11:59:10+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rejection: When It Isn’t About You

A few years ago, I was at an event and I saw someone whose work I admired, but whom I did not know personally. Let's call him Jeff. I decided to start a conversation. He was chatting with one other person, so I (using my trusty mingling skills) approached, waited for a break in the [...]

By | 2018-03-07T16:01:30+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Fear of Rejection: What If They Don’t Like You?

One of the regulars at my monthly We Hate Networking meetups recently told me to write about how hard this is. "What if people aren't nice to you? What if they say no? What if they don't like you? Write about that." Personally, I don't struggle with this very much, and I think I know [...]

By | 2018-02-12T14:24:35+00:00 January 31st, 2018|We Hate Networking Club|0 Comments

Don’t Be That Guy Pt. 2

To me, there are two sad things about the networker we all love to hate, The Hustler: (Some) Hustlers Aren't Being True To Themselves First, I worry that many Hustlers are the result of otherwise nice, normal people trying to follow conventional networking advice that doesn't work for them. Since a lot of networking 'how [...]

By | 2018-02-12T14:26:04+00:00 January 18th, 2018|We Hate Networking Club|0 Comments

Don’t Be “That Guy” Pt.1

I think sometimes, when we say we hate networking, we actually mean we hate networkers. Not all networkers, mind you. There's a certain breed of networker that rubs many of us the wrong way. We dread encountering such a person, but almost more than that, we dread becoming such a person. The Hustler You know who [...]

By | 2018-02-12T14:26:39+00:00 January 4th, 2018|We Hate Networking Club|0 Comments

The Secret of the Holiday Season

Although I'm not a religious person, I love the holidays. Call it Hannukah, Solstice, Yule, Christmas, or whatever else; I love this season. The twinkling and flickering lights in the darkness of the long nights. The gathering of loved ones. The making and eating of special foods. The crispness of the outdoors and the coziness [...]

By | 2018-02-12T14:28:28+00:00 December 21st, 2017|We Hate Networking Club|0 Comments