Networking. At certain stages in one's life, it's a necessary means to progressing to that next stage in your life. Some enjoy it; others despise it. Some excel at it; others do not.
Well, I'm not really into networking but I do like to talk. I've learned to really love conversation lately; especially about things I truly enjoy - becoming a dad, sports, higher education, social media, pop culture, entertainment. I guess that brings me back to why I started this blog. I like to converse and share..even if no one's listening :) - and continue the conversation if someone actually is.
I've been in some situations over the last couple months where a serial networker would have been ecstatic. Traditionally, I would have hated these opportunities but they've actually been enjoyable! I think I historically have not enjoyed networking more so due to my negative reaction to the word. I've had the word and the necessity of the action drilled into me through my undergraduate and graduate business courses and through then working at a business school for ten years.
It's time to change any networking situations into opportunties for conversation. It's much more enjoyable. With conversation and engagement, good times will follow.