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How To Network in Any Situation

Hate networking? Here are 5 tips to make it painless.

By Janelle Harris - May 1, 2012
Tikeisha Harris isn't exactly what you would call an extrovert. She's friendly (once you get to know her) and personable (once you get to know her). The challenge is -- you guessed it -- getting to know her. In her personal time, the Washington, D.C.-area blogger and writer is a social butterfly, but when it comes to networking events, she typically ends up noshing on free appetizers and people watching, rather than actually making professional contacts.

"I get really shy, so events like happy hours and mixers when you're supposed to be out meeting new people scare me," she admitted.

Sound like you? Here are a few ways to get over that new-people phobia and schmooze with the best of them no matter the scenario. ...

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