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Authentic Networking

Authentic Networking

For many people, networking equals ‘sucking up to important people at receptions', and ‘faking interest in boring people in the hopes that they’ll introduce me to someone that I want to meet’. You have to talk to strangers, which is uncomfortable, with a hidden agenda and try not to let it show. It’s all kind of fake and forced. Or is it? It’s our attitude towards networking that makes it tiring or annoying. Often, it’s also our own insecurities about our professional worth and possibilities that make it seem like we have to attack a seven-headed dragon with a glass of sparkling wine in its hand. Question is, is the only way of networking? Could it be possible that ‘networking’, in its broadest sense, is for everybody? That we’re already doing it, right now? That there are different ways to... Show More
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