There seems to be a slight discomfort in the hospitality world when the word ‘networking’ is mentioned. Although our jobs rely on interacting with humans, when we formalize it into a word with so much pre-tense, we tend to steer away from it.
You can call it a catch up, a gathering or anything in between if it makes you more comfortable, just don’t shy away from the fact that you are all meeting out of a mutual need to connect.
To network is simply to interact. So, what could there be wrong with that? The benefits of networking can be endless, from meeting your next employee, employer or even business partner. The collective energy from being in an environment with like minded people trying to achieve similar outcomes will spur you on to step outside your comfort zone.
So here are some tips on how to network like a boss, come that next event: