Sometimes I think the word can have a negative conotation- trying to get ahead, moving your career forward by meeting and greeting. I like to think of networking as getting to know other people and how to work in different environments. It is learning from a colleague at a conference how to make your clinic run more smoothly. It is learning from another mon or dad about a special story time that is occurring at your local library this coming weekend. For a child it is learning about social awareness- "Johnny said that there is a cool computer game about math that his mom found for the Ipad". Networking isn't hard to do but you have to choose to do it. You can choose to read a book and not make small talk at swimming lessons and there is nothing wrong with this too.
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