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

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

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

How To Talk To Jerks

We've all met our fair share of jerks. They’re loud, they’re angry. They’re pretty sure they know what's wrong, and who's at fault. And they're more than happy to spout off about it. I meet jerks in networking environments, in my work to help people connect and collaborate better within groups and organizations, and in my personal life. [...]

By | 2017-11-30T16:20:21+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Uncategorized, We Hate Networking Club|0 Comments

Make or Break: Culture vs. Strategy

When things aren't going well with a group or team, the first instinct is often to reach for the strategy toolbox: If meetings are a mess, we tinker with the agenda If we feel like we're going in a million directions at once and not getting much of anywhere, we work on our plan Structural tools [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:55+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments