Networking is often viewed as a sleazy undertaking practiced by greasy individuals who are slick, scan the room while “talking” to you and are the epitome of superficial. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, true and effective networking can be highly satisfying and helpful to your work because it is about connecting with others and building relationships that can be mutually beneficial to both parties.
Sure, you say, easier said than done. I will be the first to admit that I’m not one to jump at the chance of walking into a massive room full of nametag-wearing professionals intently chatting away with a glass of wine in their hands. When it comes to smaller, more intimate gatherings, however, I genuinely enjoy meeting new people. This is particularly true at dinner parties or alumni gatherings where there is a common thread bringing us all together – whether that be a common friend or alma mater. Continue reading “Networking is Not a Dirty Word”