On Networking

Last night Eileen invited me to the Santiago Travel Tweetup, and on a whim I decided to go, considering it was close by and I had nothing else to do. Besides, I like hanging out with Eileen and it beat studying for the GRE (see, even without Facebook I find ways to distract myself!)

Turns out, it was a good time, and I got some good contacts for work.

But man, being with lots of people tires me out. If I wasn’t already convinced before, I now know that I’m truly an introvert.

And I don’t really like networking.

See, deep down, I’m a shy person. I always find it awkward to just go up to people and ask what they do, why they are there, etc. However, I soon realized, that because of my line of work, I wold mostly be the customer for all of these travel businesses. I mean, I guess I could promote this little blog, but honestly, that doesn’t really interest me. I have this blog because I like it, not because I’m counting the number of page views or trying to get ad revenue.

Anyway, once I figured out that most people there needed to be “selling” me something, it was easier. And I gave away a ton of my beautiful business cards. And then my feet were tired and I came home.

Now I’ve had my fill of people for at least a week, so if you don’t see me for awhile, you know why. 😉


2 thoughts on “On Networking

  1. >Hi Abby,Nice meeting you last night at the event.My wife and I basically went to it to get out of the house, have some drinks as a warm-up for the other event at the Cine Arte Alameda later that night. Since we don't actually sell anything (with the blog or guide) we didn't have the (desperate) need to make contacts or anything. So we went to see what was happening in the travel industry and if there was anything new or interesting.I'm generally a shy person too and normally I can't be bothered talking to people trying to sell me something. That's probably why I talked to You and Eileen so much and just a handful of other people.When you don't know anyone at these types of events it is more like "work" and can be tiring so I understand you there.Saludos

  2. >Hey, you know I'm socially awkward, too. I will usually talk to someone but I inevitably bring up some weird topic that offends someone or grosses someone out. It's just what I do. Eileen told me about a Tweet Up once and I was like *gasp* I don't think I can do that! Maybe, now I'd like to try it :pGood luck studying!

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