October 2009

Types of Networkers

Chicago Business Marketing AssociationFrom my Chicago BMA Day intro presentation at Google yesterday. Please feel free to add other types of networkers and put yourself into a category. You can be more than one type, and it can change on a day-to-day basis. Bottom line of presentation – networking is more important than ever. Networker extraordinaire Sima Dahl was the headline speaker. I’ve introduced her twice now and I need to step up my game. She is fabulous and you can find out more about her, her Sway Factor philosophy and her thoughts on “networking in a digital world” here.


My types of networkers. Please feel free to comment, add and join the conversation.


The “Feel Good” Networker – Gets fulfillment out of networking, both professionally and personally


The “Obnoxious” Networker – Has a networking agenda and it shows


The “I Have To Network” Networker – Need to network out of necessity (biz dev, job search, talent hunting)


The “I Hate Networking” Networker – I’m around marketing all day, I want to hang out with my family/friends


The “Uncomfortable” Networker – I don’t know one soul in this room


The “You Should Go Network” Networker – Pressures from others to network who don’t necessarily network themselves