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Schmoozing 101: Tips for shy techies

Jul 27, 2009, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary K. Pratt)

"1. Develop the right mind-set Keith Chuvala, a manager of space operations computing at Houston-based United Space Alliance LLC, a NASA contractor, doesn't like the term "networking."

""It has that connotation that if you're good at networking, you must be good at schmoozing. It always seemed the domain of the sales folks and the people who are naturally outgoing," notes Chuvala, who says he's no longer shy but still tends to be introspective and prefers to work on his own.

"He has come to think of networking as creating and building relationships -- for him, a much more natural-sounding goal that can feel less offputting."

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