When someone approaches me at an event and very clearly networking with me in a way that isn’t genuine, I am immediately turned off. I don’t want to talk to you and I don’t want to be your friend. The more I think about it, the more I worry about if that’s a “me” problem or if that’s the way a lot of people feel. In reading through Yes, It’s Possible To “Network” Without Being A Scumbag by Drake Baer, I have found comfort in the fact that more people also feel scummy about networking.
Thinking of it more in the sense of “these would be people to invite to my wedding” and being genuine about it makes me feel more comfortable participating in it. It’s not like I have to be friends with everyone I meet at work, but just making sure to be open to fostering relationships is important in my professional life.
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