The ironic things we “smart” humans do

We humans are supposedly the smartest of all the animals. And yet, we do some pretty ironic and silly things. Ever notice this? Here’s an example – maybe not directly related to how people connect, but you may see the metaphor. I have neighbors (lovely...

Being courageous enough to connect authentically and imperfectly

Nothing puts the brakes on our desire to start conversations and connect with others quite like fear.  And there are many flavors of social fear from which to choose. Fear of any type of social engagement, especially with people we don’t know. Fear that comes...

Is networking an art or a craft?

I have a question for you:  When you network, socialize, converse, connect – whatever you prefer to call it – is your style more that of an artist? Or a craftsperson? This question came to me after reading the book Art & Fear: Observations on the...

The people who keep our lights shining bright

There’s a delightful store in my neighborhood that sells all kinds of cool merchandise ranging from quirky dinner and glassware to whimsical wall art and handcrafted journals.  I try to visit this favorite store every few weeks, just to see what’s new.  I...

Who do you go to?

It’s always fun to win something.  Which is what I did last weekend when I attended a brunch for women in the communications industry. What made this prize even better? It was a book:  Know Yourself: A Book of Questions. If you’re familiar with my work you...

The Four Levels of Networking Awareness

In talking to people and working with my clients, I’ve identified four basic levels of Networking Awareness.  Can you identify where you are based on the descriptions below? You don’t know what you don’t know.  You’re unaware that you could...