I like people. I like being around people and working with people and laughing with people. I’m not an extrovert, but I’m not shy. Despite all that, I find networking to be a challenge. I’ll meet someone interesting and find a connection and then think to myself “Gee, I hope I cross paths with that person again. They’re nifty,” but making the first move towards connecting with them further has always felt like going back in time to every seventh grade school dance, where I stood at the wall with a fake smile while rocking on the heels of my sneakers. A cliche, yes, but also the truth.
I’m actively trying to fix the problem by reading books on the topic, some of which have practical exercises, and by reaching out to people I’ve met before. Surprise, surprise: It’s not painful. The cool kids aren’t mean anymore because my definition of cool has grown up with me and now describes interesting nice people who tell good stories. Obvious, right?
In other news, I just ordered the DVDs for Durham County seasons two and three online. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, it’s an intense small-town murder serial. Not quite as weird as Twin Peaks, but it makes up for that in rawness. Edge of your seat stuff. Here’s a promo for the first season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DtexYzamYE