It’s funny I don’t think anybody is more annoyed by a pushy clueless networker than us fellow networkers. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that Tom “Big Al” Schreiter was going to be in Austin (only an hour from my house), so I registered and drove down there on Wednesday night. It had been a little over 10 years since I went to see him in Hawaii, so I was up a for a refresher.
Apparently a few of the attendees were under the delusion that this would be a good place to recruit … as opposed to a great place to learn something.
Before the meeting even started people were “pitching” and trading business cards. I left cards out my truck, and made it clear that I wasn’t there to recruit, or be recruited. I did take a few other people’s cards when they offered though. One lady in particular (who was otherwise pretty nice) was quite confident that she was going to recruit the whole room. She gave me her card, asked for mine, and was a little disappointed that I didn’t have one, so she wanted my phone number instead. Because I figured it couldn’t hurt to keep in touch, I gave it to her. She reminded me to watch a video on her website, and she’d call me on Friday.
When I got home on Wednesday night, I took the business cards that people had given me, looked them up on Facebook, and sent friend requests.
Ironically, this “pushy” lady’s business card didn’t even have a website on it.
So this afternoon my phone rings. I don’t recognize the number, but answer anyway. “Hi Todd, we met the other night at Big Al, did you watch the video on my website yet? What did you think?”
Me: “No actually I didn’t watch it. To be honest, I’m not looking for a new business.”
Her: “Oh ok, well I know that most people are under a lot of stress, so I’m sure you’d like our products.” (funny, I don’t recall telling her anything during our brief conversations indicating at all that I might be under stress).
Me: “No sorry, I’m not a really a vitamin guy” (lol, especially at $50 a bottle).
At this point, she proceeds to tell me the URL of a website that really does have the video she wanted me to watch (lol, I forgot what it is already). Says I need to go watch the video, and call her back.
Me: “Sorry, I’m really not interested, but it was nice meeting you”.
Her: “OK, call me back after you’ve watched the video”.
LOL, she obviously didn’t learn a single thing during Big Al’s 3-hour presentation.
… oh yea, and I just looked, she never even accepted my Facebook friend request.
Keep havin FuN!