Let’s just address the elephant in the room. Networking can be AWKWARD. For some of us, it’s become second nature to avoid these types of events for fear of being “bad at it.” Now, that’s no way to live! Networking events, especially our GET to Meets, are amazing ways to meet new people and grow your personal and professional network. We’ve compiled some funny stories from our very own board members to show you how simple it is to brush it off and enjoy yourself anyway.
“A lot of times people have a hard time pronouncing my name, Jenan. I usually tell people my name rhymes with Japan to make it easier. At my first event with GET, I told Marc from Quebec my rhyming trick. At the next GET event, he came up to me saying “Jenan Japan” but he has such a strong accent that I had no idea what he was saying. I was so embarrassed at first, but now it’s hilarious!”
- Jenan, GET Board Member
“I was drawing winners for a raffle where the third prize was the big one. A good friend of mine jokingly asked me not to draw his business card before the big prize. Oddly enough, I drew his card for the big prize. He was so happily surprised, he came up to me, thanking me out loud in front of everybody, accompanied with a serious brotherhood hug, exclaiming to himself ‘My man!’ I swear it was all luck, but I wonder what everybody else was thinking...”
- Marc, GET Board Member
“I was at a work conference meeting some of our international counterparts. I met three of them and had been talking with them for about twenty minutes when my boss arrived. She immediately said she had a pressing matter we needed to discuss. When she pulled me aside, she told me I had lipstick on my teeth.”
- Allie, GET Board Member
“At one of the GET to Meets, I was asked to Emcee. The turn-out was great and we had over 70 people show up. When it came time to thank everyone for coming, I realized there was no mic so I was challenged to quiet down the crowd, which threw me off... so I got the date for our next event wrong! It was a bit embarrassing at the time... now it’s something I laugh and joke about to not repeat when it’s my turn to Emcee again.”
- Kayla, GET Board Member
See? We’ve ALL had some funny social situations, but it’s best to laugh them off and do it up anyway!
Get past the “awkward” and come enjoy yourself at this month’s GET to Meet networking event. We’ll be enjoying the beautiful weather at Casablanca Rooftop Lounge in Old Town. You won’t want to miss it. Be sure to pre-register here!