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February 07, 2014

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My mental barrier to networking is more basic: I have to talk to people I don't know, who worry have better things to do with their time, even if it's just being sociable at a conference.

Maybe the people in the room were sitting there thinking, "What? She pushes through the barrier?!"

I shall haunt your Ravelry project page!

(I was not going to do it this year, but G pointed out that it was A Tradition, and so I am making a cowl. Aim low, is my new Olympic motto.)

If I'd been in that room, I would have been silent too -- but not because I disagreed. On the contrary. I might have been silent because you had hit the nail on the emotional head, and I couldn't have said anything if I'd tried. ;-)

When I was in grad school, I asked two of my best friends to proofread an abstract I was about to send off to a conference. And actually allowing these people to see my fledgling ideas -- the ideas I hoped somebody would want to listen to in a few months -- was utterly terrifying. I'm better at it now, but I've never enjoyed it.

And that was just a paper abstract.

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