Desperation is not referrable. When people demonstrate these kinds of behaviors, it’s a telltale sign of desperation. Watch out for these four types of desperate networkers.
- Card Dealer. This person darts around the room passing out cards, instead of spending time getting to know people. They think networking is a numbers game.
- Space Violator. This person thinks that the closer he gets to you, the more you’ll be interested in what he’s saying. It has the opposite effect. In North America, stand at roughly arm’s length when talking to people.
- Premature Solicitation.This person dives right into selling without trying to get to know you. These people are the reason many people don’t like to go to networking events.
- The New Best Friend. These people engage in follow-up that verges on stalking: they call, they email, they send you private messages, all with the intent to sell you something.
Have you identified other desperate networkers? Share them in the comments.
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