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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 |2018-04-05T16:32:43-06:00April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 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 |2018-03-07T16:01:30-06:00March 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 |2019-01-22T13:20:10-06:00January 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|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 |2018-02-12T14:28:28-06:00December 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s Not Mean To Find Your People

Who are you trying to find? In networking, it's important to define your target market. This is often understood to mean customers and clients, but in the case of networking it can be broader. It depends on what your reasons for networking are. You might be looking for friends, collaborators, suppliers, employees, etc. In any [...]

By |2019-01-23T10:32:36-06:00November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 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 |2019-01-23T11:16:42-06:00April 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 |2018-01-31T17:44:25-06:00March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 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 |2019-01-23T11:23:59-06:00January 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 |2017-11-22T10:27:26-06:00December 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Finding Your People: Where to Network

I Love Networking, Except When I Don't Although I usually love networking, like most people, I sometimes find myself in networking situations where I simply have no motivation. It feels wrong and goes poorly when the people there can't help me with any of my goals. This may sound selfish but keep in mind: networking takes time and [...]

By |2019-01-23T11:33:11-06:00October 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments