A while ago, due to some outings and random conversations, a group of friends and I started referring to going out, drinking, dancing, and having a good time as “networking”. I decided to write a piece about this, but format it as a classroom worksheet, which the character was using as a diary of sorts rather than completing the assignment. Below are the results. I haven’t looked at it for a while, and think I want to expand on it, either as is, or incorporating it into a larger work. Let me know what you think and if you have any other suggestions for questions/answers that could be on the worksheet.

Business 101: Networking Handout

Musings during a Monotonous Lecture

What is networking?

Networking is a common synonym for developing and maintaining contacts and personal connections with a variety of people who might be helpful to you and your career*.

Last weekend, I made tons of contacts and personal connections. Man that was a good night. I don’t know if they’ll be maintained, but I sure met a lot of people. Does it count as networking if you don’t remember their names?

What are benefits of networking?

It helps you keep abreast of career opportunities in your own firm, as well as other firms; industry trends and developments; and resources that may be helpful both in your field and in career advancement.

Benefits of last weekend include: an ego boost, great stories to tell, and new friends. I am so glad I let Steph talk me into going out. I had so much fun dancing with so many guys. Drunk guys are an awesome ego boost. I don’t care if their judgement was impaired, they thought I was hot. But if networking is “making connections”, then the most successful example was definitely Matt. At least, I’m pretty sure his name was Matt. I’m not sure how we started kissing, but it was definitely fun. I’m not saying I would go and make out with strangers all the time, but that was definitely a successful networking experience.

 Brainstorm some ideas to get you out into the world networking.




 When on a networking excursion, how should you dress?

Definitely your best. First impressions are very important. If you don’t care about your appearance, neither will anyone else.

* Definitions obtained from about.com

Posted on January 22, 2013, in short story, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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