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.