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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

Top 5 Networking Myths: BUSTED (plus a free gift)

1. Networking is mainly about networking events FALSE. Networking is anything that builds a supportive, productive, and mutually beneficial web of connections. Different people can accomplish that in different ways. A person could build social connections by volunteering, meeting neighbours, reconnecting with old classmates... the sky's the limit. The best way to network is the [...]

By | 2017-11-30T13:51:09+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Real Reason For Networking

I'm reeling, friends. Something unspeakably terrible just happened to a friend of mine, like a bolt from the blue as she was on the brink of a new and wonderful chapter of her life. Now that chapter will never be written. Instead, she is staring down the barrel of untold quantities of grief and struggle, [...]

By | 2018-02-12T14:29:27+00:00 November 9th, 2017|We Hate Networking Club|0 Comments

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 | 2017-11-30T16:04:02+00:00 June 7th, 2017|We Hate Networking Club|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 | 2017-11-29T14:47:35+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|We Hate Networking Club|4 Comments