Hate Networking? Try These 4 Tips

English: Semiotics of Social Networking

English: Semiotics of Social Networking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not a fan of traditional networking? You’re not alone: These experts are in your camp. Here are their new tips for making more authentic (and productive) connections.

Humans are social creatures by nature, but yet many of us hate “networking.

Why is that? To anyone who has been on the receiving end of an obviously self-interested, sharky introduction, or who has had their inherently introverted nerves shredded by a day of conference small talk, well, the answer is obvious.

Connecting with interesting people can be fun, but combining that activity with an awareness of your business interests is, for many, a recipe for self-consciousness and awkwardness. But if you value authenticity and haven’t been born with the gift of gab, fear not. There are plenty of suggestions on how you can get to know more fascinating people involved in entrepreneurship without enduring too many cringe-worthy encounters.

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