Are you afraid of networking?

Column Holland Networking

I love them – many others hate them!

With so many social media users amongst us you should expect that we all perform pretty good at networking events. But as soon as you leave your meeting delegates to themselves they start feeling uncomfortable. Most will quickly join their friends and colleagues, some will hide behind their cell phones and some will try to make some awkward conversation with a random person.

All of the are missing the goal of the session: meeting new people with similar interests, exchange ideas and make new professional contacts. Why? Are we too introverted to get in touch with others? Very unlike. At parties, most of us have no problems to start a conversation with a foreigner. How does the party differ from the networking session? And how can we transfer party situation to business meetings?

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