I’m at the Tennessee Library Assoc. annual conference. I always learn stuff at professional conferences, and it’s usually useful stuff. But I always feel inadequate, ignored, and blech. I’m a terrible networker. I realize that. But I also feel like everyone already knows someone and I look too young to be taken seriously. I don’t want to wear my work clothes to conferences, but I think I’m going to have to start. I’m tired of being smiled at, said hi to, and then largely dismissed. I am trying to figure out how to get involved so that I can know people when I go to conferences, but it’s not easy to figure out. I need to try to find out if there’s some way I can get better at networking…maybe if I start going to functions at work where I can meet people….I’m really too tired to think about it right now…stupid hotel pillow was too thin to let me sleep the whole night uninterrupted….plus, lunch! is calling.
think of this way, hon — most of those people have no idea how to talk to humans on a real level. just be yourself — they are being snotty because they are insecure about themselves. to quote the jets from West Side Story, “just be cool…” 🙂
I totally get your pain. I always feel awkward in those settings, and wind up talking to the people I already know. I know my state conference is always looking for volunteers, and I did volunteer last year, but I didn’t really meet anyone. I wasn’t too involved, though, so that was largely my fault.
I know exactly what you mean. I attended my first state conference last year and though I knew some people, I felt very alone. That conference though was the beginning of a 3 year tenure on a division board. Now, I know so many people! I highly recommend either getting involved in your local library association or your state one. It’s very worth it!
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