Have you ever been in a room full of strangers?
Have you ever needed to listen to their stories and respond positively to what they are saying?
Then you have probably been to a networking event.
I love them, because it’s a great place to meet people who share similar interests.
I hate them, because meeting people can sometimes be fake.
You’re put in situations where it’s not friendly to disagree. The moment you challenge someone’s thoughts…
The other members of the conversation give you “the look”
You start to perspire,
You take the cultural chance that can make or break you depending on the other person’s response.
Stay with me here.
You’re put on the spot to follow up with your thoughts and make hasty decisions about your beliefs.
Most people lie.
But that’s not acceptable nowadays.
More on that later. (Correction: I Do Lie)
This back and forth tension is said to help you build relationships, but I find it mentally draining.
2 hours into the event and I’m already ready to leave.
I’ve handed my business card to a few people I’m interested in. The saga is done. This event has already paid off. Time to go (I tell myself every time).
But no. It’s not that easy.
The pressure is on for you to impress.
The pressure is on for you to upsell your thought or idea.
The pressure is on for you to please your other friends in attendance. The new modern age peer pressure.
Basically to sum up a networking event…
I go for the food. *Mic Drop*