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Somehow a falsehood has been spread about networking…that it is a
quantifiable process that one can tally. NO, it is not now nor never has
been ---a science. Although there are academics who study social networks
who are mathematicians, behaviorists and even physicists, the reality is
that day to day treatment of others, support and exchanges we call
networking are an ART… the art of communication.
She was talking about a very successful agent whose treatment of authors has always been in question but her prowess as an agent encouraged authors to look the other way. My rhetorical question to this writer: “ Do you want to be represented by someone who would know of your loss and never make the time to acknowledge it?”
Smart agent…yes and NO. She didn’t have the sympathy nor empathy nor basically give a fig about this author and her loss. NOT communicating spoke volumes. The smart, savvy networker is one who is connected to the people in their networks… not just what those people can do to help them. Networking is part ‘milk of human kindness’ and I am afraid we have people whose behaviors …‘under the guise ‘ of networking… are not only lactose intolerant… but blatantly intolerable.
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