I can be very shy when you first meet me. I warm up quickly but it's hard for me to step over that first hurdle. Networking scares me!
But then I read a book called Chocolate Chocolate by Frances Park and Ginger Park. It's a memoir about two sisters who set up shop in Washington, DC. I live here and had never heard of the shop so I thought it might have been closed (and through most of the book, you do think that the shop has been closed). Lo and behold, at the end of the book, you figure out that the shop is still open, it just moved down the street. I knew that I had to visit! What could be scary about going to visit someone that owns a chocolate shop?
So and did and I had an opportunity to meet Frances (I still have yet to meet Ginger but I will definitely someday). Chocolate Chocolate is by far not Frances' first book. She's written a bunch, including a bunch of really awesome children's stories. Going to the chocolate shop was awesome. I've been back.
This was really my first blogging networking experience (I did a Literary Locale meme about my trip). I'm so glad that I got over that initial hump because anyone having to do with the book world is just awesome. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there!
What's your coolest networking story?