To a majority of participants, networking events make them feel vulnerable and insecure, so schmoozing or putting up a front is an easy reaction.
Instead, push yourself to be authentic. Talk to a networker like you’re talking to a friend. Ask questions that do more than assess someone’s level of helpfulness or status. My strongest networking connections have come from being my weird self.
The Financial Diet boasts a lot of articles discussing ways we can tactically and ethically advance in our careers.
Here, a contributer explains how to get over an uncomfortable necessity: networking.