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The Forge Guide to Networking

A Networking Hater’s Guide to Networking

What the Wing taught me about connecting IRL

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6 min readOct 2, 2019


II have two coffees with strangers on my Google calendar for October. That this is a major professional milestone is a testament to how diligently I have avoided networking. It’s not that I don’t like meeting people; I am an enthusiastic extrovert…



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