“Increasingly, we network by e-mail or through social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. That’s a godsend for shy people. You can listen to conversations and chime in on your own terms. But sometimes there really is no substitute for being there–like when you attend professional meetings, seminars and receptions, or parties in your community.”

The importance of joining your professional community and knowing people in your profession is more important than ever. And like this article says, you can’t shy away from face-to-face networking forever.

This article gives some pointers on how to approach the often uncomfortable situation of meeting people you don’t know in a professional setting.

 

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Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Laura applies her extensive human resources and general management experience to a broad range of services for our clients, including: strategic HR consulting, interim human resources executive assignments and compliance/OD/training. With over three decades of experience in the field, she brings an intensive understanding of human resources and enthusiastic passion for excellence to every project she undertakes. The depth and breadth of her corporate experience allows her to evaluate clients' needs and resolve issues quickly, from HR operational projects to C-level organizational design and deployment of people strategy assignments.