Recently, Think Up Consulting has worked on several projects with David Nour, CEO of The Nour Group, Inc. and author of the best-selling book Relationship Economics.
Nour passionately believes that we strategically and intentionally choose to invest in certain relationships – within and outside our organizations – thereby, creating a quantifiable value for those relationships. He talks about the concept of networking and how the very mention of the word conveys the idea that you are completing a chore or doing something you “have to do” versus something you want to do because there is value in doing it. He laughingly states that “net-working” is just one letter away from “not-working”.
We at Think Up agree, and in the spirit of fun, we thought we’d share a list one of our Thinkers created of the top 10 ways NOT to network. Thanks to Ronnie Marks, our dot connector for her humorous take on “not-working.” Enjoy!
#10. Keep a maximum of 2 inches of personal space between you and every person you meet.
#9. Begin handing out pamphlets to people and asking them to come to your church service on Sunday.
#8. Offer everyone hand sanitizer before shaking hands.
#7. Wear Old Spice cologne that your grandfather gave you in 1983.
#6. Walk in and hit on every attractive person in the room, as if you are Don Juan at a Speed Dating event.
#5. Talk non-stop about yourself, your family, your friends, your business and what you want Santa Claus to bring you for Christmas.
#4. Walk up to people and begin a conversation with “Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.” and then laugh hysterically!!
#3. Enter the room proudly wearing your “Vote for Pedro” T-shirt.
#2. Pull out your Solo® Cup and ask if anyone wants to play beer pong.
#1. Friend-request someone on Facebook as you’re sitting there talking to them.