Mentioning networking seems to set the fear of God in most people. I have talked to many people who describe networking as “uncomfortable” and “awkward”. Statements like “I hate schmoozing” are indicators that people are approaching networking from a very inauthentic place.
I like this Fast Company article about leveraging emotional intelligence when you network because it provides some pretty accessible tips for navigating crowds. As you read through the article, remember, authenticity is the key to building and maintaining a network.