Nervously Networking

By: Kristi Spargo

I recently attended a client meeting in Chicago along with over 35,000 attendees. With that insane amount of people basically overtaking the city, pretty much every person I saw was a potential networking opportunity. The sales people that I attended with were practically salivating at the world of prospective clients and never seemed to have enough time to meet everyone. Yet, for me, I am an editor/writer that works from home. The loudest and most people-intensive day of my week is Thursday, when both the trash and recycling truck swing by my house. Admittedly, being in a scenario where I am expected to drop into a room packed with strangers and network forces me outside of my comfort zone. It is part of my job, however, to establish connections and potential authors and nobody said it was easy. Continue reading “Nervously Networking”

Survive and Thrive During the Holiday Season

By: Amy Bean Napier

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are always stock full of parties, receptions and other various festivities. For the extroverted people lovers, this is a great time of the year where you get to party and spend time with lots of people and talk, laugh, drink and eat and just have a jolly good time! But for the introverted not-crazy-about-crowds type of people (like myself), it can be pure torture!Disclaimer: No animal was harmed during the making of this blog

So for all those similar minded, introverted, not really into social events, business professionals out there, here are some tips of how to survive and thrive during the upcoming holiday season. Continue reading “Survive and Thrive During the Holiday Season”

A True Tale of Fear and Loathing in Professional Development

By: William Lessley 

Hello, my name is Will and I’m an introvert. It literally Fortpains me to be in a large crowd of people for too long. In the association management industry, this can be a real liability. Almost everything we do involves directly interacting with other people.

The first five years of my career were spent in the meetings department. I liked working with our members to get them registered, creating the detailed plan of the flow of the meeting, and being on-site problem solving. I did not, however, enjoy the forced relationships with my hotel contacts. This wasn’t because I didn’t like my hotel contacts – I couldn’t understand why I dreaded the interaction, honestly. Looking around at my peers, all I was sure of was that something must be wrong with me. Continue reading “A True Tale of Fear and Loathing in Professional Development”