Question: What are the best practices for successful networking? That’s right, I said it. I hate it. I always have. Perhaps this is TMI, but I don’t enjoy being in strange, new social situations unless I’m in charge. If I’m speaking, teaching, being pitched to, or in a room full of people I know, I’m a social butterfly. But I find walking alone into a room full of strangers where no one knows or cares who you are, to be one of the most unpleasant feelings in the world.