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Oh Jeez. Networking.

Just. Horrific. The early starts. The breakfasts. The sweaty insurance agents. The false bonhomie. The need to promote the businesses of people you don't know from Adam. Kill me now.

I'm definitely an inbound-marketing man.
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“But introverts make the best networkers because they’re good listeners and tend to be more interested in other people than about talking about themselves.

This makes us sound like better people but really we're listening and being interested because it takes the pressure off from us creating conversation.
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“But introverts make the best networkers because they’re good listeners and tend to be more interested in other people than about talking about themselves.

This makes us sound like better people but really we're listening and being interested because it takes the pressure off from us creating conversation.

I agree. They say two introverts would make the best partners, but I disagree. We'd have nothing to talk about. I listen far more than I speak, but I'm not necessarily a great listener. I'm just relieved that one of us is breaking the embarrassing silence.

In an ideal world, we'd all be fine with lots of silence. What's the big deal about talking all the time anyway? Fabricating conversation just makes me uncomfortable.
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On which note, I have a bugbear about pubs.

Sit in your living room with a friend or member of your family and it's perfectly acceptable to sit in silence, exchanging the odd observation or two.

But transplant yourself to the pub and you HAVE to talk. It is decreed that any silence, no matter how short, will be an uncomfortable one.

At least we have phones these days to fill in the gaps.
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On which note, I have a bugbear about pubs.

Sit in your living room with a friend or member of your family and it's perfectly acceptable to sit in silence, exchanging the odd observation or two.

But transplant yourself to the pub and you HAVE to talk. It is decreed that any silence, no matter how short, will be an uncomfortable one.

At least we have phones these days to fill in the gaps.

   Is it? I have been in lots of pubs where the chat was thin on the ground.  And while people might naturally expect to be listened to, sometimes rather too much, they certainly don't expect to be talked at, in my experience.  And there is nothing sadder than two people in a pub, often a young couple as well, endlessly texting to everyone other than themselves, presumably. Whatever happened to living the moment?  It's a weird kind of meta-existence that if i were a trained psychologist I would be very interested in exploring!
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I take about 8 tablets in the morning but it's voluntary based on preventative medicine. Be careful where you buy the Omega-3 - almost all of them in the supermarket have DHA/EPA at pathetically low levels. MyVitamins.com have some nice high concentration ones.
Just curious what preventative medicine do you take? I'm reaching 30 now so I'm starting to look what's available on the market nowadays.
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   Is it? I have been in lots of pubs where the chat was thin on the ground.  And while people might naturally expect to be listened to, sometimes rather too much, they certainly don't expect to be talked at, in my experience.  And there is nothing sadder than two people in a pub, often a young couple as well, endlessly texting to everyone other than themselves, presumably. Whatever happened to living the moment?  It's a weird kind of meta-existence that if i were a trained psychologist I would be very interested in exploring!
And I've been in lots of noisy pubs where people have had to shout to make themselves heard, so then you, and whoever you're with, have to raise your voices as well.  Nightmare!

I agree about this strange absorption with mobile phones and texting, because I was in a restaurant a while ago when five young women (early 20's I'd say) came in and sat at a table next to me.  They'd barely sat down when out came the mobiles and instead of chatting to each other started checking their texts and presumably responding to them.  This went on intermittently throughout their entire meal, because they did at least take a break occasionally to put some food in their mouths!
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Just curious what preventative medicine do you take? I'm reaching 30 now so I'm starting to look what's available on the market nowadays.
PM'd - don't want to go off-topic again and annoy the peeps Smile
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Christmas isn't a great time for introverts. January 2nd is one of my favourite days of the year.
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Mine too.  I used to really enjoy Christmas and New Year in the days when it was confined to about ten days a year and didn't start at the beginning of October, which is when most stores have their decorations up, not to mention all the nauseating ads on TV we have to endure for weeks beforehand!
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Christmas isn't a great time for introverts. January 2nd is one of my favourite days of the year.

Agreed.
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Mine too.  I used to really enjoy Christmas and New Year in the days when it was confined to about ten days a year and didn't start at the beginning of October, which is when most stores have their decorations up, not to mention all the nauseating ads on TV we have to endure for weeks beforehand!
  I find the whole social overdose very draining.  I'm fond of my friends and family but not full-on for a week.
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I love spring and the summer - a feeling that's as much tennis-related as weather-related - and Christmas is just one massive hurdle to get over on the horrific journey through the winter. Once it's over, it doesn't seem like spring is too far away - just eight short weeks or so.

I've had it up to here with being with people. Think I might make an assault on Great Hill tomorrow. Unless there's some horrific family gathering to attend.
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