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Last night, I attended the first annual Young Nonprofit Professionals Network celebration/networking reception at the MCA, fully intending to meet people, hand out business cards, and troll for jobs. More than 450 nonprofit employees showed up, from organizations and agencies all over the city. I spoke to three people. I still have all the business cards I left home with.

I suck at "selling myself." I am just not that kind of person. My first instinct at large parties of any sort has always been to migrate to the fringes (preferably to a stairwell or other nook) and watch the action unfold from there. I would hide behind potted plants, if people still decorated with them. Adding to my panic was the fact that I knew no one there. Nearly every friend or friend-of-friend I have in Chicago works for a nonprofit, so I was sure I'd see a familiar face or two. No dice. I wandered around the galleries, stood in line for a beverage, ate some cookies, and made a middling effort to make eye contact with people. And then I went home.

Replies: 5 Confessions

So you get an A in grant writing and a C- in shmoozing?

elavil @ 12/03/2003 03:19 PM CST

Pretty much.

amyc @ 12/03/2003 03:35 PM CST

Strange, I've never known you to be at a loss for words or actions.

Mom C @ 12/03/2003 03:50 PM CST

How sweet is your Mom?

the other amy @ 12/04/2003 12:55 AM CST

I'm never at a loss around family. It's strangers that make me reticent.

amyc @ 12/04/2003 07:29 AM CST

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