First, get over your fear of networking. How? Treat it as an opportunity to meet and get to know new friends. As I said in another post, don't put pressure on yourself by thinking you have to come away with a new contact or client every time. Just enjoy yourself!!
Okay, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be smart about it.
An article by my friend Roberta Montafia has a succinct article on Attorney at Work about planning your networking to make it as productive as possible - yeah, while you are trying to enjoy yourself. Her main points are:
Networking is a necessity in the business world. But, you don't have to waste your time or dumbly go about doing it.
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