The 2013 ITI Conference is nearly upon us, so time to share my poem about networking... although we're a friendly bunch and know lots of people "virutally" so I hope nobody actually feels like this at the conference.
Of course I’ll go, it’s something new
And definitely time my business grew
The event is free so that’s a plus
Networking? Don’t understand the fuss
I’m no shrinking violet, or so I’m told
So what’s the problem for one so bold?
New cards, nice suit and business head
I’m ready for action… what’s that you said?
No, it’s my first, of many I hope
It won’t be easy but I’m sure I’ll cope
Dam and blast it where’s the map?
Not yet a panic, just a bit of a flap
OK I’m not early, but not that late
Just remember it’s not a date
No-one is waiting just for you
But, oh my God, what do I do?
With a beating heart of increasing pace
I scan the room for a familiar face
I’m on my own, there’s no other way
I’ll just have to think of something to say
I approach a group deep in conversation
But stop in my tracks as the topic’s inflation
Deciding I need some time to think
I head for the table to have a drink
I grab a water and down it in one
Desperately fighting the urge to run
Group number two looks a better bet
Just need to do it, no time to vet
‘Do you mind if I join you?’ I say to be nice
It does the trick and breaks the ice
‘My name is Jan’ one says with a smile
Is this your first event in a while?
‘Yes’ I say, ‘well to tell the truth.
First time ever, shaky hand’s the proof.’
‘Only my second so I feel your pain.
But little to lose and lots to gain’
Her words of encouragement are all I need
I join the group and am soon up to speed
Explaining the work of a freelance translator
I discover a client who may need me later
Cards are exchanged and it’s time to move on
Somehow I no longer feel so forlorn
It certainly wasn’t as easy as expected
But with a couple more I could have it perfected?