Hey Jimmy, a couple of us are going out to Sam's Bar after work. Care to join us?
Oh, um... Thanks for the invitation, but I'm pretty tired.
I think I'll take a rain check.
But you took a rain check last time!
Yeah, I know. I'm just not so fond of bars.
How about joining the company picnic next Saturday?
We're playing beach volleyball and you could join our team! Come on! It'll be fun!
Um... You're so kind, but... I'm really not sure if I'll be able to make it.
Hey! I've got the perfect idea!
We're making plans for a dinner appointment with all the department heads this Sunday.
You should definitely come!
Guys, I really appreciate what you're trying to do, and I don't mean to be a wallflower.
I'm just a bit shy. Plus, I really don't like loud bars or clubs.
Let me tell you a secret. I hate bars and clubs too!
But, I know that going out and being seen is a big part of networking.
You mean like on a computer?
No, Brad means social networking.
Basically, it means going out and meeting people.
It can really mean the difference between success and being stuck at a career dead-end.