I went to a social networking breakfast this morning. I had to wake up at 5am to be sure I’d get there on time. Or so I thought. Traffic was non-existent. The metro came as I approached. The walk was simple and I even went the right way. I was 45 minutes early. Sure could have used those 45 minutes in bed. But I digress.
The thing about this breakfast is that it was for marketers, geeks, techowhoevers that care about social networking. But it was in ‘real time’ so we had nametags with our tag lines and we put tags (little stickers) on people as we met them so they could get their own ‘tag clouds’ and it was totally, absolutely non-tech. Crazy, huh?
People just met and talked to each other.
I am not a shy person. I talk to strangers all day up one side and down the other. I’m just that way.
But put me in a room full of people I respect (and fear?) and I get really nervous. I thought that I’d know someone there, but he didn’t show. So I was on my own.
Totally and utterly alone.
But the second person I met was so interested in what I had to say that he made a video interview of me for his website (I’ll tell you when it’s up) and the next person and I exchanged cards and I really think we’ll talk biz and so on and so on and so on – kind of like the Breck commercial.
By the end, I was exhausted. Couldn’t believe it was 10:00 in the morning.
And on the way home, I thought about what I had learned and all the new people I had met. Was it hard for me to let go and be myself and just meet people? Yes sirree Bob.
But I’m really proud of myself and thrilled that I may have made some good contacts. And more than that, I learned some new things and talked to some really interesting people that I may have never had the opportunity to meet another way.