http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/09/16/why-you-hate-networking/ According to this article in the leading business journal Forbes, scientific evidence shows that networking literally makes you feel dirty enough to want to scrub yourself down -- especially if you are in a lower-status position.
So what can you do to clean up your act? Well--here's one guide to feeling less dirty, more comfortable about networking: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/networking-made-easy-easier/. It's got a great set of suggestions for building from a small start up to larger events, and some useful strategies for starting discussions.
Finally, while networking can include talking with anyone (your relatives, your barber, your college classmates), there's wisdom in seeking out events specifically organized for sectors of the business world. Here are some tips for making a good impression at formally-designated networking events: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/09/09/7-tips-for-networking-success
Bonus: visit my blog entry from several days ago for networking group right in your own backyard! goo.gl/QGPbsV
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