You have one hour to work the room and everyone seems to know somebody else. What do you do next?
By Wanda Lau
Networking reception: That one line item on the agenda of trade shows, conferences, and professional gatherings is enough to trigger a sense of apprehension in even the most accomplished architect. But what may sound like a dreadful experience actually makes for an amazing opportunity for professional growth and meaningful relationships.
Nearly half of all design professionals are introverts, according to a small 2011 study, while between 25 percent and 50 percent of the general population are introverts. Whatever your attitude is toward networking, know that you’re not alone. Of the seven emerging to established designers featured in this story, three suggested interviewing other sources, citing their own discomfort at formal networking events; three enjoy networking in part by understanding its necessity; and one enthused about the thrill of bursting into a room filled with strangers (I’ll let you guess who that is). Here are their strategies for making the most of mingling.
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