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Networking Gone Bad. Very Bad.

Posted By Ester Venouziou, Monday, February 6, 2012
Networking is a big part of what I do on behalf of LocalShops1 to help promote independent businesses. And that means I've come across the good, the bad, and everything in between.

Recently LocalShops1 had a booth at a business expo/networking event, and I came across one of the worst cases of networking-gone-bad I've ever seen.

This woman broke just about every rule of networking. First, she came to our booth and instead of asking about our organization, she started babbling about whatever products she was pitching. Before moving on to her next victim, she made sure to give me a business card ... and a small batch that we could keep at our table and hand out to other people who dropped by!

The next day, I received an impersonal, mass e-mail, reminding me of her products. Within half an hour, she CALLS to check if I got her e-mail and to invite me to a demonstration that night so I could join her sales team.

I politely declined, explaining I was already quite busy running my own business and was not interested in becoming her distributor. In one year, out the other. She ended the conversation by saying she'd give me a day or two to look over her email and would call me to set an appointment so she could answer any questions I might have.

My one question: What $%@%#$^#$  planet were you raised on? (Of course, what came out of my mouth was more like, "Thanks for checking in, but I'm really not interested. I'll call you if I change my mind."

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Ester Venouziou, founder of, is available for freelance projects: writing, editing, design or social media. She can be reached at or 727.637.5586.

Tags:  buy local movement  entrepreneurs  localshops1  networking  tampa bay 

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