You go to a business networking event. Everyone pushes their business card in your hand, gives their prepared sales pitch, and rush off to the next victim.
Everyone leaves with a stack of business cards of people they will never call. Ouch.
Here is a famous quote by Frederick Collins that can instantly make you a natural attraction at networking events:
“There are two types of people – those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am,” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are.”
And that is the difference between a professional networker and a cheesy, pushy salesman at networking events.
It is better to have a good working relationship with just a few people, rather than a handful of business cards from people you tried to sell.