How Not To Network….

A friend tried to help me out with an introduction to a glamorous and slightly frightening looking art lady/powerhouse. I hate it when this happens it makes my brain suddenly become entirely filled with cotton wool. Her intense eyes and general demenour told me she had little tolerance for bullshit. Or me. It went a bit like this:

Friend:      “Laura, meet Sam, she’s the NATIONAL REGIONAL ART BOSS AND RULER                          OF THE ENTIRE REGION, AND HOLDER OF THE KEY TO YOUR FATE                              AND YOUR FUTURE..                                                                                                                         Sam, meet Laura, she’s an illustrator, and a designer. She’s really funny and                           talented…”

Sam:             “Hello, Laura…”

Me:               “Hi Sam………..How’s the wine?”

Sam:             “It’s fine thanks……”

Me:                “Oh good, yeah mine’s ok too….erm……don’t think I’ve had enough though…”

Sam               “Well, erm….” (she looks from left to right) “TONY!!! HI, …Sorry, erm..

Me:                “Laura……”

Sam               “Laura (HA HA) it was lovely to meet you. Good luck with everything…” Sam                           legs it, all I see is the flash of red from her fast moving Louis Vuitton soles.

Me:                “Yes, thanks,  bye then…”

I breathe a sigh of relief. My mate looks shocked. “God you are shit”. she says.



About Laura Quick

A professional and published London based Illustrator, with a client list including The Guardian, The Independent and AnOther Magazine, Laura set up The Daily Think to showcase her own self initiated work - based on daily life. The things we see, hear and do everyday often from an amusing angle. To make life easier to swallow.
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13 Responses to How Not To Network….

  1. Julia says:

    Been there!!


  2. alicialeeannehoad says:

    Great Post and absolutely love your work!


    Liked by 1 person

  3. ARTmoses says:

    Wow! I have seen your art you are so creative! Love the simplicity.


  4. alisonogle says:

    So funny! I’m glad I’m not alone in being utterly inept and tongue tied when trying to do networking.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. FiveSSSSS says:

    Thanks Laura, that was a flashback to an all too familiar scene in my 20s having to schmooze and network in the media industry! Good luck with it and I’m so happy to not have to do that anymore 🙂


  6. Love this post, story of my life!


  7. equinoxio21 says:

    Chin-Chin, Salud, Salute, Cheers.


  8. annerose says:

    hahaha, you nailed it


  9. La Quemada says:

    I recognize this! But here are suggestions for next time:

    “That sounds like such an interesting job! What are you working on these days?”

    “Wow, Ruler of the Entire Region! That sounds great. What kind of background leads to a job like that?”

    In other words, when tongue-tied, ask about the other person. It works.


  10. christinadrh says:

    Ha! This is hilarious! GAWD I know that feeling. There is never enough wine for a soul sucking experience like that. Glad you survived to write a good post about it. I’m not a network fan, feels so predatory.


  11. Liz Gilbert says:

    Oh wow, been there, lived that. Thank you for posting it! I got a good early morning chuckle.


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