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Being in a completely different field than you, and an an industry that has a LOT of extroverted energy, I rely on these same kinds of tips too! Just acknowledging how awkward of a situation 'networking' events can be, also helps! Sometimes, if I'm engaged in conversation, and I see someone else lingering on the edges, I try to invite and welcome them into the circle I'm in.

Thanks for sharing!

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Nov 13, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

Yesss!! 🙌🏻 I co-sign everything in this. Focus on building a person-to-person connection (even if it is strategic based on your research area alignment). The only thing I would add is ask for introductions! Even if you’re just starting out, you probably know someone who could connect you in a more personalized way to your strategic connections. A personal email from a mutual connection can help break through the awkwardness of putting yourself out there (but still totally agree with this post that sometimes you’ve just gotta say hello!)

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