The following article is from an upcoming guest from TheBookDistrict.com Podcast, Ideas That Make An Impact, with Joyce Layman. Enjoy…
“Not another meeting…”
This has become the mantra for every corporate suit whose schedule is bursting with appointments, but networking is just as stressful. You spend your entire day meeting and greeting, exchanging business cards, and planning to email just about everyone in the cluster of states surrounding you. It’s looking like a busy week, and you’re ready to pull your hair out just thinking about it.
There are other things you could be doing instead of attending another boring event and meeting the same people again. Whatever the reason, you’d better hope there’s a Starbucks nearby so that you can load up on caffeine; you’re going to need it.
Why Do We Hate Networking?
A University of Toronto study by Professor Tiziana Casciaro found that working adults who participated felt “demoralized” when attending networking events due to the self-promoting and self-serving behaviors they had to show. However, senior partners that had been promoted to their positions due to high attendance at several networking events viewed the events in a much more positive light.
Just for the record, networking doesn’t always mean attending an event. There are other ways to forge relationships. It’s time to stop networking and focus more on connecting. By following these four steps, you can turn networking hell into connecting nirvana.
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