by Catherine Sandland
Catherine Sandland has been helping leaders, managers, business owners, trainers and consultants with their presentation skills for over 20 years. She is known as the ‘Presenting Queen’ and has written this month’s Pink Spaghetti blog on networking.
It came almost out of the blue although I shouldn’t really have been that surprised. The arm thrust into my chest, the hard stare, the smile that didn’t quite reach the eyes, the weapon aimed dangerously close to my heart…
It sounds like the beginning of a cheap penny thriller doesn’t it? All it needs is a darkened alley, some mist and menacing music playing in the background.
But this wasn’t an episode of Maigret or a chapter of the latest Rebus. This was your common or garden networking event and my assailant, a perfectly ordinary member of the business community – who just didn’t quite ‘get’ how networking works. The weapon of choice in this instance, not a gun or baseball bat, but a fairly standard business card.