I’d rather scrub down every inch of my bathrooms than spend a couple of hours making small talk with a room full of people I don’t know. And for a long time this brought on a great deal of self-employment guilt and panic: But I need to be networking!
Then one afternoon it hit me. I network all the time—just not in the most traditional ways. I’ve made professional contacts on the sand volleyball court, at book club and even doing down dog at yoga. And most of the teams in my kickball league are made up of graphic designers.
It’s easier to make meaningful connections when you’re happy, relaxed and engaged. So I made a deal with myself: I’d continue to pursue all the things I love outside of work. And look for one business event each month that actually made me excited to attend.
Do you have a non-traditional approach to networking? What’s the oddest place you made a great connection?
BTW: How many and what type of networking events should you be looking for? Get that question answered in the free webcast on November 1: Start NOW: Your 2011 Marketing Plan. Sign up here (even if you can’t listen live — you’ll get the recorded version).