Coffee Meetings 101: Are you ready?

Are you giving good coffee? Coffee meetings are great, even if you're like me and don't actually drink coffee (don't start with me, caffeine heads - it keeps me up all night long). Seriously, though, meeting one on one to figure out what the deal is with another person is networking at its finest, as [...]

By | 2019-01-22T12:31:00+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Battle of the Sexes: Networking Edition

Is networking different for women and men? How do issues of gender play into the history of networking? Does it matter? I believe there is a of yin and yang to networking. Whether because of history, or convention, or natural inclination, there are networking activities that are more strongly associated with women and others that [...]

By | 2019-01-22T12:32:37+00:00 August 15th, 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

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 | 2019-01-22T13:20:10+00:00 January 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments