I went to a luncheon today where I only knew 2 people in a group of over 200. Before I took this job I would have been all about going to an event, meeting people, networking and hobnobbing with the best. Today, however, I just felt uncomfortable. I think it’s because I’ve been sort of MIA from the networking scene for so long that I just need to slowly work my way back into creating small talk in a group of people I don’t know.
I wonder if you guys are doing these kinds of things, and if you have any tips for me or other readers as to how to make these sorts of situations less awkward? What do you do when you first walk in? How do you make sure you’ve talked to the right people? Anything like that would help, because I can’t be the only one who is just getting back into the networking scene.
Thanks in advance!