Effective networking at summer events is best saved for those who are adept at reading a room and nuanced in relationship-building, otherwise it may prove counter-productive. Understand that people are gathering together during the summer to celebrate, socialize, and enjoy the outdoors and special occasions, and they often leave their “professional psyche” behind. Few are attending to discuss business, in fact, that’s the last thing they want to think about, especially those who are in demanding, high-stress roles. You don’t want them to feel as though they need human repellent to keep the overt networker away. Instead, view these events as mainly an opportunity for relationship building. Read the full article.