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I’m shy. I’ll be the first to admit it. When I meet new people, especially in a group setting, I really have to pull my shoestrings up tight and remind myself that other people are nervous too. And that they are there for the same reason: to make connections, meet new people and share information. And I also have to remember that they aren’t vampires trying to suck the life out of me just by making conversation. (just kidding) (kinda)

But seriously, sometimes there is that one person at a party or business event that seems to float around the room with ease. You know who I’m talking about. Someone who remembers the names of everyone they meet, who introduces people with common interests and then moves on to introduce others, who is so confident and sincere they bring everyone up with them and the event is a shining success. How do those people do it so well?

I’m not exactly sure, and it certainly isn’t natural for me, but I’m trying. Just this morning I went to a networking meeting with a group of writers and I forced myself (out of my comfort zone) to sit next to someone new. Guess what? After we talked a bit, I decided that I had a lot in common with this woman. We traded cards and each have some future projects we can help each other out with.

Networking, when approached with the right mindset can be fun and beneficial for everyone. If you’re new to networking, returning to it after feeling awkward, or on the search for a new job, here is a book to help you find and define success:

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