This post was recently published in Nu People Magazine – bring your authentic self into your networking!
I’m not a natural networker
I find the collective energy of so many entrepreneurial and business-types all in one room quite draining. Badly done, professional networking can be a ragtag of people all out for the same thing: meet people > sell things. Before networking aficionados defend the cause, I do confer that the genre has improved considerably.
What makes me click the ‘attend’ button:
- Better venues (innovation and creativity have crept in here). I have observed some excellent event planning going on, especially of the experiential type.
- Smarter integration of technology through innovation: more dynamic engagement, often using conferencing type gadgets can make the event experience both more exciting and feel more personal.
- Clear reasons to attend, apart from ‘meeting new people’ learning a new skill or nosing around an otherwise difficult to access venue can be good motivating factors.
- Work situations…
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