A millennial’s guide to networking

Here’s a different take on millennials: It doesn’t mention “trigger points,” or deal with “micro-aggression” or “mountains of debt.” Who knew millennials are too shy to network aggressively?

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Networking can be agonizing, especially for millennials, who rely far less on face-to-face interaction than their more seasoned colleagues. Yet it’s still a great way to meet hiring managers, decision-makers, movers and shakers who eschew or even resent the digitization of business relationships.

Here’s how millennials can network without leaving their dignity at the door:

1. Find opportunities that fit your style.

Networking pairs well with other activities that don’t have to involve drinking. In April, Aon’s internal communications team pioneered “netwalking,” which pairs networking with a stroll around Chicago’s parks. Collaborative challenges, bowling, and gathering to watch a sports game (even if you dislike sports) are all good ways to take the pressure off handshaking and business-card slinging.

If you can’t find an event that fits your unique style, start your own. Meetup.com is a good place to start “Bubble soccer for PR pros in the city” or even “Health communicators Friday brunch hour.”

2. Bring a friend.

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